Missouri Compromise

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  • Under the Missouri Compromise of 1820, Maine is added as a free state. Previously, the land had been a part of Massachusetts. This satisfies those opposed to the expansion of slavery as well as the "slave powers" in Congress.
  • Addition of States
  • 36 30' Line
  • A major provision of the Missouri Compromise was that slaver was not to exist above 36 30' N. This satisfied the North, since slavery would not be able to expand past this imaginary line drown across the Louisiana Purchase.
  • For the Northern free states, New York Senator James Tallmadge proposed an amendment
  • Who Was Involved
  • "Slavery is banned in the Louisiana Territory"
  • For the Southern slaveholding states, Missouri is added to the Union as a slave state. Although it exists above the dividing line, the addition of Missouri as a slave state provides balance to the Union in terms of free and slave states, and representation in Congress.
  • To satisfy the South, it was agreed that slavery could expand and exist below the dividing line drawn across the Louisiana Purchase. This ensured some
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