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The nation was divided on the issue of slavery. This got alot worse when Missouri wanted to join as a slave state and that was a problem because it would cause an imbalance in congress
Due to this problem Henry Clay made a proposal that would let Missouri join the union as a slave state but Maine would also join the union as a free state
In this compromise Missouri would be added as a slave state and Maine would get added as a free state which would put an equal amount of representative in congress
Henry Clay also proposed to draw an Imaginary line across the United States to separate the free soil states from the slave states.
This imaginary line (36' 30 line) would make sure that any state that is above the 36' 30 line would be a free state only exception is Missouri, and any state below the line would be a slave state
The Missouri compromise lasted for over 30 years and during this time there were no major conflicts between the south and the North and it delayed the start of the civil war by 30 years
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