Missouri Compromise of 1820 Storyboard

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  • Northern Free States: Why did they oppose it?
  • Slavery is behind us!
  • Also, the compromise would not benefit us!
  • Northern Free States: Beliefs about Congressional Power?
  • I believe in the federal government!
  • I believe they will make the right choice.
  • Northern Free States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • This will end up benefiting the South!
  • This will give them an unfair advantage in Congress!
  • The northerners thought that slavery was a thing of the past, and did not believe that compromising on expansion would benefit the north.
  • Southern Slave States: Why did they support it?
  • This will help us keep our slaves!
  • Expansion west will help!
  • The northern federalists believed in the federal government would make the correct choice for the states.
  • Southern Slave States: Beliefs about states' rights?
  • States should have the right to nullify laws.
  • Only if they are unconstitutional.
  • Northern states thought that the compromise might end up benefiting the south, and that that would give the south an unfair advantage in congress, and they did not want slavery to expand south.
  • Southern Slave States: Fears about the Compromise?
  • I'm afraid slavery will be abolished.
  • The compromise will benefit the north.
  • They supported it because it would prevent the escape of slaves, and they supported slavery, and although it benefits the north, but expansion west would help them more.
  • They believed that states should have the rights to nullify federal laws that they believed unconstitutional.  
  • They were afraid slavery was going to be abolished, and that the compromise would benefit the north.
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