Missouri Compromise Proponents and Opponents

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • 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?
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