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 massachutes this satisfies those opposed to the expansion of slavery as well as the "slave powers" in congresss
  • 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 be 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 states Missouri is added as a union as a slave state .Although it exist above the dividing line , the addition of Missouri as a slave state provides balance to the union terms of free and slaves states and representation in congress
  • To satisfy the south it was agreed that slavery could expand and exist below the dividing line across the Louisiana purchase . This ensured some expansion of slavery for the south including future states as Texas and Arkansas
  • For the southern slaves advocates maryland senator william pinkney held the belief states should be able to decide the nature of whether or not they are slave or free ulti
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