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  • Why did Northern free states oppose compromise?
  • We need to get rid of slavery!
  • What did Northern free states believe about federal authority and Congress’ power to decide the fate of slavery in new states?
  • The government should not be able to decide it we are a slave state or a free state.
  • What did Northern free states fear that the compromise would do to slavery and slave power in Congress?
  • We cannot let them have more slave states than free states, they might over-power us and make all of the states slave states.
  • Northerners opposed the Missouri Compromise because they wanted to abolish slavery. So adding more states will mean more slaves. It kept the balance.
  • How did Northern free states feel about the way that the compromise handled the addition of Missouri and Maine to the Union?
  • They believed that the federal government had too much power over the states, to decide if they were a free state or a slave state
  • How did Northern free states feel about the 36-30 line as a means of settling the dispute over slavery in new states?
  • Wait won't we gain more land for free states if we agree with the 36-30 line?
  • Northern free states feared that more slave states would be added and they would over power the non-slave states.
  • Who were the leading Northern congressmen involved in the debate that resulted in the compromise?
  • We need to make a debate so we can make a compromise.
  • They wanted to add maine so they could keep the balance of power in congress.
  •  Oh no! We need to add Maine to be a free state so we can keep the balance between the free and slave states!
  • They thought it was a good idea at the 36-30 line because at the time they had more land above that line.
  • Some of the leading Northern Congressmen involved in this debate were Millard Fillmore and Stephen A. Douglas.
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