Missouri Compromise of 1820

Missouri Compromise of 1820

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  • Northern Free States: Why Did They Oppose It?
  • Have you heard about this new compromise?
  • Yeah, now we can't do anything to abolish slavery.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • The government must decide for new states to keep the balance!
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • We must not let the South gain control of the Senate!
  • Northern states opposed the compromise because they wanted to stop the spread of slavery and it would add Missouri as a slave state, which unbalanced the the Senate to the South's favor.
  • Southern Slave States: Why Did They Support It?
  • Hey! Did you here about the new compromise?
  • Northern states believed that Congress had the power to decide whether or not a new state would be admitted as a free state or a slave state.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about States Rights?
  • Why should a distant government decide for the local people?
  • Northern states feared that the compromise would unbalance the power in Senate to the South's advantage, which would allow the preservation and expansion of slavery.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • We must not let the North gain control of the Senate!
  • Southern states supported the compromise because it would give them Missouri and the power to keep slavery as a way of life.
  • Sure did! I'm so relieved that we get to keep slavery and spread it to new land.
  • Southern states believed that all states have the same levels of freedom as the original thirteen, and can choose to do slavery or not.
  • Southern states feared that the North would threaten slavery if they gained a majority in the Senate with the extra land they receive from the compromise.
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