Northern Free States: Feelings about state additions?
As long as the balance between the North and South in congress remains equal, there shall not be any tension between the two.
Northern Free States: Feelings about the 36°30' line?
We got California and there's miles upon miles of land!
Northern Free States: Who was involved?
We are the leading Northern Congressmen and we are against slavery!
The Northerners liked the addition of Missouri and Maine into the Union because it balanced the North and South in congress which means they had equal power. The North liked Maine because it was a free state and the South liked Missouri because it was a slave state.
Southern Slave States: Feelings about state additions?
At least we have Missouri, more land and more Slaves! Too bad Northern states can't have slaves even if they wanted them!
Northerners happened to like the 36°30' line because of the amount of room the US had above it. Therefor, Northerners would have more power in congress and there would be more free states than slave states.
Southern Slave States: Feelings about the 36°30' line?
Oh no! California just rejected slavery even though it is partially under the line. Slavery can't end!
The leading Northern Congressmen were Stephen Douglas and Lewis Cass.
Southern Slave States: Who was involved?
We are the leading Southern Congressmen and we are FOR slavery!
The Southerners, of course, did not like the addition of Maine for it was a free state, but they liked Missouri because it was a slave state. Southerners did feel that states should decide whether or not they should be a slave state and that there shouldn't be a line dividing the free and the slave states. The South feared slavery would eventually end.
The Southerners liked the 36°30' line at first. But as America moved toward the West, there was more land North of the line and states that were techically below the line, didn't want slaves. This made Southerners fear that the North will have more power in congress which will lead to the end of slavery. The South later felt that there should not be a line.
The leading Southern Congressmen were John Calhoun and Henry Clay.