The Conflict Over Slavery: The Missouri Compromise

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The conflict over slavery became more brutal as the United States expanded westward. It began to force Americans to either identify themselves as anti-slavery or pro-slavery. The discovery of new states led to the conflict on whether they should be admitted as free states or slaves states. Compromises, such as the Missouri Compromise of 1820 were attempted to settle the conflict of free states or slave states. The Missouri Compromise declared that all new states above the line would be establish as free states, and all states below the line would be establish as slave states. Unfortunately the compromise was very controversial because Missouri was admitted as a slave state despite it being above the dividing line. The United States westward
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