Missouri Compromise of 1820 (Version B)

Missouri Compromise of 1820 (Version B)

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  • Northern Free States: Feelings about state additions?
  • Missouri can be a slave state, as long as we get Maine. This will balance the number of seats in Congress. Also, the states should not decide for themselves if they should be free. That is Congress' job!
  • Northern Free States: Feelings about the 36°30′ line?
  • The 36°30' line must pass! It is for our good because we have more land than the South! It is crucial towards our movement to abolish slavery!
  • Northern Free States: Who was involved?
  • Equal Seats in Congress! It is needed to have a fair and just government,!
  • Northerners felt relieved about the addition of states in the Missouri Compromise balanced the number of pro-slavery states and free states in Congress. They also felt that Congress should be the ones who determine whether or not a state is free or a slave state. By adding only Missouri would disrupt the balance in Congress.
  • Southern Slave States: Feelings about state additions?
  • Cotton is needed in order for the whole country to survive. We and the North both survive on the production of cotton. Slaves are needed, or else the country's economy will decline!
  • The North felt that the 36°30' line was beneficial towards them. At the time, they had more land by the division of the imganiary line that was established by the compromise, meaning that they would be able to expand their land. However, they felt that it was unfair that Texas would become a slave state because of this line.
  • Southern Slave States: Feelings about the 36°30′ line?
  • Gosh darn, the North might introduce more free states into the country because they have more land!
  • Stephen Douglas and Lewis Cass were leaders in the Northern party who helped ensure that the demands of the North was represented and included in the Missouri Compromise. Some of the demands that were included into the Missouri Compromise were the balance of seats in Congress, along with giving the North more room for expansion with the 36°30' line.
  • Southern Slave States: Who was involved?
  • Expand land westward! There needs to be a balance of seats in Congress.
  • Stephen Douglas
  • Lewis Cass
  • Expand Slavery! It is crucial to the survival of mankind!
  • Over the idea of adding states to the US, the Southerners feared that with the expansion of states that were against slavery, slavery would slowly die out, leading to the abolishing of slaves, wiping out the cotton industry. This also meant that with the chance of new states being added, they would lose seats in Congress to the North. 
  • Therefore, the states should be able to decide for themselves whether they are for slavery or against. This is popular sovereignty! It is only fair!
  • Although the the addition of free states would continue from the North, the South was happy to go by the 36°30' line because it would allow them to continue to expand land which allowed and did not prohibit slavery. This also meant the expansion of slavery, which the North was against.
  • Hey, at least we can expand slavery, meaning that the cotton industry will expand. This could also mean that more slave states can be annexed!
  • The Missouri Compromise was able to include Southerner needs due to the Congressman, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. They both pushed for the spread of slavery, as this is what the South mainly relied on. Additionally, this meant that slavery would expand outwards and towards the west.
  • Henry Clay
  • John C. Calhoun
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