The only thing this Compromise does is allow slavery to expand westward! We cannot support it!
Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
I believe that the federal government should be the one deciding whether or not a state can legalize slavery.
Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
We need to be careful with this Compromise, it could change the balance in Congress and give the South an upper hand with more representatives.
Northerners say the Compromise as allowing slavery to expand west, and they wanted to regulate slavery and keep it from growing.
Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
This Compromise allows us to expand further west, and we get to add Missouri as a slave state!
Many Northerners were aligned with the Whig party, so they believed in a strong federal government. This lead to their view on slave and free states being that only the federal government should decide whether a state had slaves or not.
Southern Slave States: Beliefs about state's rights?
Slaves are my property, and the federal government doesn't have the right to regulate them.
Northern Free states feared that through the compromise, the South could gain more representatives in Congress, giving them an advantage and disrupting the delicate balance in Congress.
Southern Slave States: Fears about the Comprmise?
Southern slave states supported the Compromise because it allowed them to expand westward and it gave them a slave state in the North, Missouri.
Yes, this could mean more representatives for the South
Southerners saw slaves as property rather than people, and because they viewed property as a personal choice, they believed that only the states governments had the authority to pass laws regarding slavery.
And I agree, only the state governments should be able to pass laws regarding slavery.
Southern states did not like that slavery was being confined, and they were afraid that the new regulations would eventually lead to slavery being abolished altogether.
This compromise worries me, they are regulating slavery now, who's to say if the next step may be abolishing it altogether?