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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • It will prolong the problem and allow it to fester.
  • This Missouri Compromise does not solve the problem of slavery!
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • Federalism is what our government must follow.
  • The future of our country is to be decided by the government.
  • Northern Free States: Fears about Compromise?
  • This compromise does not attack slavery head-on!
  • Why has our legislature passed a law that will protect slavery?
  • Northern Free States were largely populated by abolitionists who wished to end slavery. While the Missouri Compromise limited the spread of slavery, it did not completely eliminate it. Which was the end goal for most abolitionists, a future without slavery.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • Indeed, gaining Missouri as a slave state is an event to celebrate.
  • This Missouri Compromise is a true benefit toward our blessed South.
  • Many Northerners believed in the Federalist idea of one strong central government deciding for the country. They also believed that any decisions made by Congress could not be nullified or ignored by states. In the eyes of Northerners, Congress needed to decide on the decision with the better moral, not one which was merely based on economy.
  • Southern States: Beliefs about States' Rights?
  • States have nullification rights, and the government can't regulate property.
  • The government has no right to interfere with our affairs.
  • Northerners felt that the compromise helped to protect and expand slavery. They feared that all the new territories procured in the Louisiana Purchase who applied for statehood would become slave states. This fear grew as Missouri became a slave state, because it was a western land, and marked the westward expansion of slavery.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise
  • If that were to happen, our economy would be ruined!
  • This compromise could mean a potential abolition of slavery.
  • The Missouri Compromise rewarded the South with another slave state, one created from new territory. While they gained no foothold in the Senate after the addition of Maine, Missouri represented a westward expansion of slavery. Which would make slavery harder to abolish.
  • Southerners were largely democratic and believers of sectionalism, meaning they were loyal to their state over the country. Southern States also strongly believed in state rights, and nullification. They wanted what was best for themselves and the South, rather than what was best for the Country.
  • To Southerners, the compromise was a step towards abolition, an outcome that they feared greatly. It also showed sign of the government's regulation of slavery, which in to Southerners was the same as regulating property. Since the economy of the South was dependent upon slave labor, any successful attempts to abolish slavery would bankrupt many wealthy plantation owners.
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