The Missouri Compromise of 1820


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  • Addition of states
  • Free
  • Slave
  • 36 30' line
  • Who was involed
  • 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 power" in Congress
  • A major provision of the Missouri Compromise was that slavery was not to exist above 36 30' N. This satisfied the North, since slavery would not able to expand past this imaginary line draw across the Louisiana Purchase.
  • For the northern free states, New York, Senator James Tallmadge proposed an amendment 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.
  • For the southern slaveholding state, 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.
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