Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise

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  • In 1809  the Missouri Territory asked Congress for admission. Most Missouri settlers had come from Kentucky and Tennessee, which allowed slavery. They believed slavery ought to be legal in Missouri.
  • James Tallmadge  proposed that Missouri abolsih slavery in order to be admitted to the Union.
  • This could keep 12 free states and 12 slave states.
  • State choice could be slavery.
  • Missouri would become a slave state and Maine would become a free state.
  • This would keep the balance the power.
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