Well, this act legitimizes Slavery, so now it will never go away.
Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
Yeah! We let the REAL government govern us!
I only listen to the federal government. None of that states rights nonsense.
Northern Free States: Fears about Compromise
OH NO! Now slavery will be allowed to expand west! This is bad!
Yeah! This is super scary. What if slavery is still in half of the U.S.
The Northern Free States' main goal was to abolish slavery in the US. Unfortunately, this act made slavery seem permanent because it was legal in the lower United States.
Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
This is the BEST compromise ever I do declare. Now, I get to gain more land and get more slaves.
The Northern Free States believed that the Federal Government should have more power than states. In addition, the North didn't support states rights, so they liked that Congress could decide freedom or slavery.
Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
Shouldn't we, the States, have more power than the federal Government? I believe we should be individual
The Northern Free States feared that the Southern Slave States would gain more power in Congress, and that would make the power of the North a lot less, and they would have a smaller voice.
Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
Well, I'm kind of worried that this Compromise will help end slavery. But, what if the North gets more land.
The Southern Slave States supported the Missouri Compromise because they were thinking about the long term rewards they would collect. They thought that we would get the rest of America, then be able to get more Slave States.
The Southern Slave States believed that States deserved more power than the Federal Government. They believed that a State should have the right to choose whether or not it is a free or slave state.
The Southern Slave States feared that the Missouri Compromise would help to end or restrict slavery. They also were scared of the fact that the North got more land, and most of the Louisiana tarritory..