I wish the Missouri Compromise wouldn't get through! Slavery is a cruel act and should not be supported. So, it is something that shouldn't expand at all costs!
Yes, I too agree. We should quickly find out a solution to stop the Abolitionist settlement, so that slavery would not grow so immensely in the north.
Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
The federal government should be the only one to be able to decide whether or not slavery should exist in a state! The states should not be able to decide!
Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
Adding more slave states to the union would upset the balance between free and slave states, which is not a good thing for us especially.
Yes, not only that, but also the fact that the compromise would only give an advantage to the south if more slave states were to be added to the union.
Northerners worried this would allow more slave states to be added into the union, and also disliked the fact that the Abolitionist settlement was growing in the north, which could allow slavery and the expansion of many slave states if the compromise gets through.
Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
I fully support the idea of expanding slavery, and adding new slave states to the union would be a huge benefit to the south!
New slave states should also be created beyond north of the 36-30 line, so that slavery is expanding as much as possible.
The Northerners believed that the federal government was the only one who had the authority to decide the fate of slavery in the new states.
Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
Congress should not interfere in regulating slavery in any way, because slaves are a personal matter, not a federal congress decision; therefore, should leave us alone when dealing with slaves.
The Northerners feared that adding more slave states to the union would upset the balance between free and slave states, and adding more slave states would only give the South an advantage in Congress.
Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
We both worry that the compromise might decrease slavery, and that the expansion of slavery should be decided by popular sovereignty. If slavery gets abolished, then the south will not be able to live a good life!
The Southerners supported this compromise very much because they wanted to expand slavery as much as possible, and wanted new slave states north of the 36-30 line.
Southerners believed that Congress didn’t have the right of banning or regulating slavery in any way, argued slaves are property, and that this is a personal decision/matter, not a federal congress decision. Additionally, they believed that popular sovereignty should be used to decide whther or not to continue slavery in states.
Southerners feared that the compromise would decrease the expansion of slavery, believed that slavery should be decided by popular sovereignty, not the Congress, and finally, because the law states where new slave states can be added, but eventually fear that if people go along with this law, Congress could pass a law that would abolish slavery completely.