Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise

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  • Northern Free States: Why Did They Oppose It?
  • There are too many slave states. 
  • Missouri will upset the balance.
  • The slave states will start to rule Congress. 
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs About Congressional Power
  • The government should chose whether they are a free or slave state.
  • The's why there is a government.
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise
  • There will soon be too many slave states below the 36-30 line.
  • They will start to spread and over rule the free states.
  • The Northern states had opposed the Missouri Compromise because they believed that too many states would start becoming slave states. They didn't want that to happen because then there would be more slave representation over free representation.
  • Southern Slave States: Why Did They Support?
  • We can't do anything about it, but we have a 50% chance of having another slave state. 
  • We also have balance because of Maine and Missouri
  • Northern states believed in the federal government choosing whether a state a free or not, not the people to choose. 
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs on States' Rights
  • Federal Government needs to accept the people's voice and let them make the rules
  • We should also be able to nullify any law we seem are unconstitutional. 
  • Northerners feared that there would start to be too much slave representation in congress due to states starting to turn into slave states below the 36-30 line. 
  • Southern Slave States: Fears About the Compromise
  • Since Maine has become free, there are starting to become too many free states.
  • But Massachusetts became slave. Free states might soon fill Congress though. 
  • The southerners didn't necessarily like the compromise, but couldn't do anything about it. They thought about it as a 50% chance of getting a slave state accepted into the state. 
  • The southerners accept the people choosing whether they want their state to be slave are free. They also believed that they had the right to nullify what laws they seemed unconstitutional. 
  • Southern states were a little fearful of the tides turning in Congress. If states started to become free, there would be more free state seats in Congress and Congress will become uneven.
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