Missouri Compromise

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  • Northern Free States:  Why did they oppose it?
  • Why doesn't the Missouri Compromise take more action against slavery? With laws like these, we'll never be able to abolish slavery!
  • New York City, NY, 1820
  • Northern Free States:  Beliefs about Congressional Power
  • Only Congress should be able to decide on a state's use of slavery!
  • As a Northerner, I agree!
  • Northern Free States:  Fears about the Compromise?
  • Slavery's going to much harder to abolish with this new compromise, I wonder if we'll be able to pull it off.
  • The Northern States wanted to ban slavery, or at least limit it. They opposed the Missouri Compromise as it made Western lands more competitive, and didn't limit or control slavery as much as they wanted.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • This compromise is great! I can continue to use my slaves and they won't be going anytime soon!
  • The Northerners firmly believed that only Congress could decide whether a state could have slavery or not.
  • Southern Slave States:  Beliefs about States' Rights?
  • This new law doesn't support slavery, we have to nullify this to keep using our slaves!
  • The Northern States feared that the compromise would allow for slavery to further expand, making abolition more difficult to achieve.
  • Southern Slave States:  Fears About the Compromise
  • This compromise might set the precedent for the government taking more action on slavery!
  • Let's just hope the abolitionists don't gain influence over the government.
  • Southern slave states supported the Missouri compromise as it guaranteed the safety of their practice. It was certain to them that slavery would continue and expand.
  • Southern states strongly believed that they had the ability to nullify laws they saw as unconstitutional. This gave them almost total control over what laws they had.
  • Southern states feared that the compromise was the beginning of the government taking action regarding slavery. They were fearful as this left slavery open to potentially being abolished.
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