Missouri Compromise 1850

Missouri Compromise 1850

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • We need more representation in Congress than the slavery supporters.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about congressional power?
  • Missouri should be a slave state to boost our economy.
  • But the balance in Congress will be upset if we do that...
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • Slave owners will think they are allowed to own slaves anywhere in the West if we allow them to have slaves in Missouri.
  • Northern States opposed the Compromise because they did not want to see the spread of slavery and did not want to become outnumbered in Congress.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • The Missouri Compromise will give us more land for us to expand slavery!
  • Congress deciding if certain states should have slavery or not.
  • Northern States believed that Congress had the power to decide which states allowed or prohibited slavery.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • Slaves are our property! Congress can't tell us what to do with them!
  • Northerners thought that if Congress allowed slavery in Missouri, slavery would spread all over the West. 
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • The Missouri Compromise could be a step in abolishing slavery completely, and it could slow the spread of slavery in the West.
  • Southern slave states supported the Compromise because Missouri would become a slave state, which would give them more representation in Congress and more land to expand slavery upon.
  • And we have more representation in Congress!
  • Southern slave states believed that Congress did not have the power to decide which states allowed or prohibited slavery. They believed that the states could decided their own stance on slavery.
  • Southern slave states were afraid that the Compromise would decrease the spread of slavery and that Congress might completely abolish slavery.
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