Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise
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  • Senate Rep: The population in the North is greater than the South. There is also an equal amount of slave and free states. An addition would put the South in minority in both houses.
  • James Tallmadge: Missouri should gradually abolish slavery so we can be admitted into the Union. 
  • Congressman: That is a very good idea since we can have an equal number of slave and free states.
  • Henry Clay: Maine should join the Union from the Northeast so Missouri can enter as a slave state.
  • Good idea we can have slavery in the South and block slavery in the North.
  • We should draw a line at 36 30' N latitude.
  • This solution would only promise a temporary solution to the conflict. Therefore, problems with Missouri would not end.
  • Americans who moved west took their different ways of life with them. White Southerners wanted to take an economy based on slavery to their new homes. Northerners believed in labor by free people and wanted to establish that in the West. It was a disagreement that seemed to have no peaceful solution.
  • In all, the Missouri Compromise was a good idea. But is didn't really work since it didn't solve the problems longterm and it didn't have a peaceful solution.
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