Missouri Compromise of 1820 Storyboard

Missouri Compromise of 1820 Storyboard
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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • If Missouri gets admitted as a slave state, slavery would have a "base" in the North and then possess the nation; farming would be expanded at a time when the North preferred factories; below the 36'30 line would be a bigger slave region, which angered abolitionists.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • Northerners believed that the authority to decide whether a new state would allow slavery belonged only to Congress as part of the federal government.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • The North opposed it because the bill protected the idea that slavery was legitimate and acceptable; They also feared that it increased the power of the southern states instead the power of the federal government.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • It gave slavery a "base" in the North; created a sequence of solving the question of slavery in new states; preserved the balance of power between free and slave states in Congress; also was a defensive act about states’ rights.
  • The South believed only the state governments had the authority to decide on the issue of slavery in their states and that the federals had no authority in trying to act against slavery.
  • They feared that if the federals were left to decide on the issue of slavery, it would be abolished; it could lead to a monarchy-style federal government; it threatened slavery which was the basic part of their economic prosperity.
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