the 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
  • north/free states
  • Addition of states
  • a major provision of the missouri compromise was the slavery was not exist above 36 30 N.this satisfied the north since slavery would not be able to expand past this imaginary line drawn across the louisiana purchase.
  • 36 30 line
  • for the northern free states ny senator james tallmadge proposed an admendment banning slavery in the louisiana territory.in addition senator rufus king also argued congress had the power to determine whether or not a new state could have slavery.
  • who was involved
  • 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 unioin terms of free and slave states and representation in congress.
  • south/slave states
  • to satisfy the south it was agreed that slavery could expand and exist below the dividing line draw across the lousiana purchase.this ensured some expansion of slavery for the south including future state such as tx and arkansas.
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