I've just purchased the louisiana territory, but now america faces an even bigger problem. Should settlements this area be free states, or slave states?
reasons to support/ not support slavery were: Religious Authority: god upheld slavery in the bible. Natural Rights: Slavery Contradicts the principles of equality in the declaration of independence
not all states were for slavery, many were against it too.
The missouri compromise was formed after tp help divide theses opinions. States under the the latitude 36'30 were slave states those who are above this measure of latitude were free states including Maine.