proponents and opponents

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • This compromise sucks. The South still has a chance to add slave states. Also, it could expand slavery.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • What do you think of Congress' power to decide the fate of slavery in new states?
  • I think its really good that Congress has the power to do that. Any other way wouldn't work.
  • Northern Free State: Fears about the Compromise?
  • Hey Bob! This new Missouri Compromise wouldn't end slavery and just provoke it.
  • They wanted to ban slavery and were competing over western lands. Many northerners wanted to ban slavery and it would upset the balance of free and slave states, until Maine was granted statehood. It also gave them a chance to add more slave states.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • This new compromise will help us. We will have a balance of free and slave states in Congress.
  • Plus we can continue slavery and buy more slaves.
  • According to Northerners, only the federal government should be allowed to decide if a state will become a free or slave state.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights
  • We should decide if our state should be a slave or free state. 
  • It wouldn’t end slavery, it would just provoke it. Above the line would be free and below the line would be slave states.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise
  • This new compromise is going to limit slavery. There should be no regulation on slavery!
  • It would keep the balance of free and slave states and it would allow them to continue slavery.
  • According to Southerners, states should decide if they want to be free or slave states. They also believed that states had the right to nullify unconstitutional laws.
  • Yes we should! Then we can keep our slaves.
  • Southerners feared that the 36°30' latitude line would limit expansion of slavery. They didn’t want regulation on slavery
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