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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  •  I want slavery to stop now but this will allow for slavery to expand through half the country. 
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • Slavery should be banned in all new states
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the compromise?
  • I want there to be more free states but isn't this compromise allowing for slavery to spread?
  • Northern free states opposed the compromise because they wanted slavery to end and allowing slavery to expand below the line was a step toward expanding slavery.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • We got way more land than the south to create more free states. 
  • There will eventually be more westward expansion and we will have more land
  • Northern free states thought slavery should be banned in all new states because they opposed slavery and supposedly wanted to get rid of it. 
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • Congress has no right to decide whether we are slave states or free states.
  • Northern free states feared that the compromise would lead to the expansion of slavery because the compromise meant that any states below the line would be slave states and they wanted to prevent slavery from spreading.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the compromise?
  • This could be the first of many limitations that could end slavery.
  • Southern slave states supported the compromise because they added missouri to the union and they knew that even though it seemed like the north got the better end of the deal, they knew land would eventually be added in the west and the balance of free and slave states would eventually ballance out or turn in their favor. The compromise basically told them that they could expand slavery as long as it stays below the line. 
  • Southern slave states thought that the states, not congress, have the power to determine rather they are going to be slave or free states because of popular sovereignty. 
  • Southern states fear that any limits on slavery could eventually lead to the abolition of slavery. 
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