Missouri Compromise of 1820

Missouri Compromise of 1820

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • I totally don't agree with that Missouri Compromise. We can't sit here and let the South have the upper hand in Congress and spread slavery. 
  • I totally agree with you and everyone else does too, besides those Northern dough faces.
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • Those Southerners think that they can find ways around the Constitution, and fight for states rights when the federal government sets the laws. They need to be taught a lesson.
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • I'm trembling! This compromise will spread slavery and give the South an advantage in Congress! This won't let us get our way! Wahhhhh!
  • The Northern states opposed the Compromise because they wanted that keep the balance in Congress. They also did not want slavery to continue to spread in the South.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • The Northern free states believed that the Constitution was the law of the land and the people should abide by the Federal government's laws.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states rights?
  • The government should have no say in whether a state should be a slave state or a free state. This will eventually lead to abolishing slavery. And that will hurt us the most.
  • The North was scared that slavery would be allowed into areas that had been free states for 30 years. They didn’t want the unbalance of free states and slave states in Congress to give Southern slave states .
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • The Southern states supported the Compromise because they could expand slavery in the future as the U.S. got Texas and Arizona and California. They could also add the slave state of Missouri and the other slave states below the 36-30 line.
  • Yay! I can now move west and expand my plantation, spreading slavery, which will make me even more wealthy than I already am.
  • The Southern states believed that states should choose for themselves if they wanted to be a slave or free state. The decision would be decided through popular sovereignty. They believed the idea in order to preserve slavery and stop the federal government's attempts to abolish slavery.
  • Southern slave states believed the Compromise would limit the spread of slavery, which would eventually drop the economy, and ultimately weaken the power of Southern slave states in Congress. They were also scared that the Compromise would be the start of abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • If we sign this compromise slavery would be limited and that limits our wealth, which lowers the economy in the South and lowers the economy. The compromise will lead to the abolishing of slavery and that's a conflict in interests..
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