Missouri COmpromise: Proponents and Opponents

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By Aidan Robinson

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  • Northern Free States:  Why did they Oppose it?
  • This compromise doesn't help us. 
  • Yeah, this benefits the South mostly! If we claim new lands south and west, the South will have a huge advantage in the Senate.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power
  • We are Congress, darn it! We should be able to regulate slaves in the US. We make 
  • Yeah, we're elected by the people, so we should be able to decide for them.
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise
  • Gee, manifest destiny sure is catching on, and at this rate, we will have more land added south and west.  
  • Oh No, the South is going to outnumber us in the Senate!
  • Northern States opposed the Missouri compromise because it allowed the slave states to keep on growing, and gave them a region where they could add new slave states.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they Support it?
  • All those in favor of this compromise because it designates an area of land as slave states and might give us an advantage in Senate, say "Y'all"
  • Northern States believed that Congress had the power to regulate slaves and if states should be slave states or free states. 
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about States' Rights
  • The National government can't regulate our property! We have freedom of life, liberty, and property. States should decide if they are slavery or free by popular sovereignty!
  • Northerners feared that if there was new territory added to the US below the 36'30 parallel, the Southerners would gain a huge advantage in Congress.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears About the Compromise?
  • This compromise gives us 1/3 of the country, while the north has 2/3 of the country! They have more land right now! ANd if we start adding more states, the North will try to override the compromise and make it benefit them!
  • The Missouri Compromise allowed the Southern States to add new slave states when territories were added. The compromise designated an area where Slave states were allowed, basically.
  • Y'all!
  • The South believed that the Federal government had no say in regulating slaves, as that would be regulating property in the Southerner's eyes. They believe the state and Popular Soverignty should decide if a state is slave or free. 
  • The South feared that they might lose power, as they were not able to claim any of the Louisiana Territory and call it a slave state. The line split the country into 2/3 north, 1/3 south.
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