Missouri Compromise of 1820

Missouri Compromise of 1820
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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • The Northern Congressmen complain
  • Allowing Missouri will upset the balance between slave and free states.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • We want to be taken to federal court
  • The court shall allow that
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • My esteemed gentlemen. Today we lost in court, in the sense that Congress sees slavery as acceptable.
  • Allowing Missouri to come in as a slave state gave slavery a foothold in the North. Also allowing Missouri would expand agriculture, and it would mean a victory for states rights. The compromise also appeared to legislate the expansion of slavery which angered abolitionists.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • There will be an even balance as congress will allow Maine to come out of Massachussetts
  • Northerners believed that the power to determine whether a new state could have slaves belonged only to Congress as part of the federal government.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • We want to be taken to federal court
  • The court shall allow that
  • The compromise helped preserve slavery and its expansion, and , therefore, the idea that slavery was acceptable. They also feared that it increased the power of slave states at the expense of the power of the federal government.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • My friend we may have won the compromise but we found somethin' terrible. The federal government is way too powerful and it seems like one day they'll end slavery.
  • It gave slavery a foothold in the North and it maintained the balance of power between free and slave state in Congress. They saw it as a preservation of states’ rights as it upheld Missouri’s ability to determine its own future and legislation.
  • They believed only the state governments had the authority to decide the fate of slavery in new states. Unlike the Northern States who believed in the exact opposite.
  • What! This is an outrage we were just at a state court, these are state matters!
  • They feared that the federal government was too powerful and that the federal government might one day end slavery.
  • We'll have to secede Reggie.
  • They wouldn't dare end slavery. How would we make cotton?! How would we live?!
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