The Missouri Compromise

The Missouri Compromise

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  • Northern Free States Why did they Oppose it
  • We can't allow the admission of another slave state.  Adding a slave state will spread slavery, but adding a free state won't limit it.
  • Northern Free States Beliefs about Congressional Power
  • The laws of congress are final, and are above the jurisdiction of the state governments.
  • Northern Free States Fears about the Compromise
  • This compromise will spread slavery further west.
  • Southern Slave States Why did they support it
  • Many northern abolitionists wanted to stop the spread of slavery altogether, end of the Missouri Compromise would not only admit a new slave state, but continue to allow further admission a slave states in the southern half of the United States.
  • This is one step closer to getting states like Texas.
  • Southern Slave States Beliefs about Congressional Power
  • Northerners believed that the federal government should be allowed to regulate slavery, since it is the highest level of government in the United States. 
  • The States are sovereign, not Congress, for they joined the union by choice, and this puts state laws above those passed by Congress.
  • Southern Slave States Fears About the Compromise
  • The abolitionists of the northern states dislike the idea of a compromise that would allow slavery to, not only continue to exist, but continue to spread west as well.
  • Now we'll be unable to spread slavery further north, and there's only so much more to the west.
  • The South supported the compromise because it would allow them to admit Missouri as a slave state, and thus spread slavery further west.
  • The South believed that America wasn't as much of the nation as it was a union of independent States, and that this union was simply an agreement between the states, like a treaty. Thus the south believed that states had rights such as nullification and secession.
  • The South could no longer spread slavery North of the 36 30 line of latitude, and had limited amounts of western land below it.
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