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Leslie Chihuahua United States History to 1877 11/13/2015 11:00-11:50 AM Missouri Compromise was an agreement from the House of Representatives to reach a median to keep slavery out of Missouri after all the tribulations it had caused before it became a state. Henry Clay, Speaker of the House made important decisions in order for Missouri to be admitted as a state that could impact American history. In 1819, slavery was a resourceful profit to slave owners and this sparked a sectional controversy in the country over the efforts to expand slavery into the new western territories. The country had 22 states, eleven free eleven slave, and the line between them were distinguished by the northern and western boundaries of Pennsylvania and the Ohio River. (Txt. pg. 315) Slavery still lingered into the northern parts of the boundary, but no move had been made to move the line across the Mississippi River and into the Louisiana territory. At the time, the Missouri territory was the Louisiana territory except the Louisiana state and the Arkansas territory, and southerners were vastly moving to the west with their slaves. (Txt. pg. 315) The Missouri territory would soon reach the minimum of sixty thousand white settlers which then would need to…show more content…
(Text. pg. 316) Tallmadge wanted to make Missouri a free state and prohibited slaves into Missouri, and any slave born in Missouri would be freed after the age of 25. (Ch. 8 Powerpoint). This was a problem for the south, because they relied on slaves for profit and moving westward would allow the southern states to gain more slave states. Although The Tallamadge Amendment prohibited slavery, if passed, southern congressman threatened and this could lead to civil war, but the Tallamadge Amendment was never passed. This foreshadowed Missouri to become more of a slave state because southern states pushed for Missouri to become a slave
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