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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • We absolutely CANNOT accept Missouri as a slave state. That would give Southerners an obvious advantage in Congress!!
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power
  • I mean, shouldn't Congress decide if Missouri is free or not? 
  • Norhtern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • What if the whole Compromise just increase slavery in the west? We want it to be abolished!
  • Northern Free States opposed the Compromise because it would disrupt the balance of free and slave states. Since Missouri was a slave state, adding it would give the South an advantage in Congress. 
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • Northerner
  • What?! I definitely support the Compromise. We'll have another representative for the South in Congress!
  • Southerner
  • Northerners believed that Congress, instead of the people or the state, had the power to decided whether the state would be a slave state or a free state. 
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • And why would Congress decide for the state? The people should definitely choose for themselves, and they have the right to do so!
  • Northerners feared that he Compromise would not abolish slavery like they wanted but rather expand it more to the West. Since Northerners were abolitionists who wanted to get rid of slavery, it was the opposite of what they wanted.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • The South needs slavery for our economy to go on. This Compromise absolutely cannot abolish slavery.
  • Southern slave states supported the Compromise because it would add another slave state to the balance in Congress and therefore give them an advantage.
  • Northerner
  • Southerner
  • Southerners believed in popular sovereignty, where the people got to decide whether or not they would support slavery or abolish it. A vote would be held that would consider the majority's opinion instead of having Congress just decide.
  • Southerners feared that Congress would just get rid of slavery entirely. This would bring their economy down since they relied on slaves for work. They also feared that their slave representation would go down.
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