Missouri Compromise of 1820 Storyboards

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • If the slave states get Missouri, then we'll be behind! We can't upset the balance!
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • It's only fair that our government decide!
  • The government makes good choices!
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • How much will slavery spread? It already seems like it's spreading rapidly!
  • Northerners were concerned that if the slave states got Missouri, they would gain the upper hand, upsetting the balance of slave to free states.
  • Southern Slave States:  Why did they support it?
  • The north felt that the government should make ultimate decisions for the states since they knew what what was best in terms of all the states; they believed they would make the best decisions.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights
  • The Northerners feared that since Southerners gained Missouri through the compromise and the balance would be upset, they would be unable to stop slavery from spreading.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • I'm nervous that if other states vote to become free, slavery will stop!
  • The Southerners supported the Missouri compromise because they could simply secede if things didn't go their way, they already had gained Missouri, and the chances of them gaining more slavery states were even. 
  • This is great! We have Missouri and a good chance of gaining more slave states. 
  • The Southfelt the states should be able to determine whether their state ended up being free or not. They believed it was unfair of the government to decide for the states, since the states would be affected the most.
  • It affects the states the most! We should choose!
  • The government has no right-it is unfair if they make decisions!
  • The South was worried that although they gained Missouri, future states would vote to become free states and that slavery would come to an end, which is why they threatened to leave the United States if certain states didn't become slave states.
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