In the early 18th century, sectionalism ran rampant throughout the entirety of the United States. The Missouri Compromise divided the nation into free and slave territory along the 36’ 30’ line, and admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state to keep the balance in Congress. It was supposed to cure the civil division amongst the North and the South. However, the problems only seemed to continue. The Missouri Compromise was like putting a bandaid on an amputated leg. Therefore, because of the conflicts in the expansion of slavery, the opposing economic structures of the North and South, and The Compromise of 1850, in period of 1840 to 1861, the statement, “The Civil War was not inevitable; it was the result of extremism and …show more content…
Slavery was bound to create conflict. The North believed that slavery was corrupt. A book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, described the cruelty that was slavery. The author’s purpose was to show its readers, the Northern free states, how truly corrupt and hypocritical the Southern slave owners were. She shows this by using the Bible, saying that only God can buy a soul, that the slave owner holds no true hold over the slave, however the slave owner disagrees. This was only one of the reasons that the North became riddled with extreme abolitionist movement. This caused the Southerners to be angry with the North. The quote, “I cannot but see what mischiefs their interference with the South has produced…” (Document 1) shows the animosity that was growing between the two. However, most Northerners didn’t want to entirely abolish slavery, simply restrict it to the South and ban it in the new territories. They believed the practice would die with time. However, this caused fear in the South. If the number of free states outnumbered those that supported slavery, they could abolish slavery and ruin the South. The Missouri Compromise was thought to have fixed the issue, declaring that slavery could not …show more content…
The main source of revenue for the South was agriculture, namely cotton. Cotton was King, or so it was believed by the South. They were the main source of cotton in the world at that point. They also provided other goods Because the agricultural industry needed a large workforce to be successful, slaves were introduced to accomplish the tasks. The South created raw materials that were then used by the North. The North had an industrialized economy. They were the factory workers and the merchants. Because of the conflicting views on how money was to be made, the North and the South could not get along. When a protective tariff was placed on imported goods, the South’s economy was threatened, while the North’s economy was protected. The South felt as though the North was out to destroy them. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president, the threat of abolishing slavery arose. The entire livelihood of the Southern economy was endangered. Because of the North and South were so divided, so divergent in their ideals and their morals, they were unable to negotiate and understand what was truly best for the
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The Missouri Compromise Unravels was a debate between slavery which congress had no power over to control. They eventually settle on an antislavery pension called the GAG rule to keep any slavery topics off the table. It 's important because Northerners wanted to keep slavery out of the growing nation and Southerners wanted to keep their property and get more money from their slaves. They fought for the new land and what to do with it and causing congress to deadlock California and there appeal for statehood. The South was not happy about California becoming a free state and eventually think about withdrawing from the
Before the Civil War, Americans tried to resolve their differences between free states and slave states by enacting compromises. The Missouri Compromise and the three-fifths compromise were temporary solutions used to keep the south happy in hopes that they wouldn’t secede. These compromises failed because neither the free states, nor the slave states where happy with the compromise. The failure of these compromises were what led to a war between the north and South.
The Missouri compromise was a bill introduced to stop the fighting between the states about slavery. Each state before the Missouri compromise was determining wither the states were a free or slave state but when the Missouri compromise was proposed it stated that every state above the 36 degree and 30 degree line were to be free. This officially separated the North from the South. The Missouri compromise along with other problems about slavery is resolved when the civil war comes around. The Missouri compromise and the Mexican American war are similar because America kept wanting to expand and the Mexican American war helped America do that.
Due to the threat of unequal representation in the Senate, Missouri’s entrance to the Union as a possible slave state caused a separation between the North and South. Prior to the concern of slavery in Missouri, the Union had maintained an equal balance of free and slave states in the Senate. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was the agreement, which allowed Maine to enter the Union as a free state in addition to Missouri’s entrance as a slave state to recreate the
The Missouri Compromise was a solution to the issue of the difference in slave states and Free states. Missouri desired to become a slave state; however with the addition of Alabama this would upset the balance with twelve slave states and only eleven Free states. Conflict arose, as according to the article, “The slaveholding states claimed that Northerners were trying to end slavery”. The compromise was solved by a clever solution by Henry Clay. Missouri would be allowed to enter as a slave state, as desired, and Maine would be brought into the Union as a Free State, causing an equal twelve to twelve ratio of slave to Free states.
Event Issues Events Outcomes Relation to CW Missouri Compromise of 1820 Tensions between proslavery and antislavery began to rise within the US Congress. Also the balance of power in the Congress was trying to be achieved as well. Missouri requested to be admitted as a slave state in 1819. In result of this request, they made a two-part compromise allowing Missouri to be a slave state, but in order to balance the states out, they made Maine a free state.
“But this momentous question, like a fireball in The night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union” (Jefferson). This is from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Holmes in 1820 talking about the issue of slavery and the Missouri Compromise, and Thomas Jefferson was afraid that the Congress may keep on compromising to satiate the south’s want for slavery. The people in the north and the south kept I arguing till the Civil War, whether slavery should be continued or if they should get rid of this abominable institution, but Henry Clay did not want there to be a civil war so he helped write a compromise to keep the peace between the feuding halves of America dreaming that peace would be achieved. Even though many people in the south of America through the Missouri Compromise of 1820 would be beneficial, it ultimately failed, and it only postponed
Compromise has played a long role in the history of the United States. One of the compromises was the Missouri Compromise which caused one of America's most famous and heated political conflicts. This essay will discuss the crisis that developed around the admission of Missouri as a state and how this crisis was resolved. Since the Revolution, the country had grown from 13 states
Missouri’s seeking to become a state in 1819 was complicated by the fact that it currently had slavery. Maine also was seeking admittance to be a (free) state so the two were paired together as free and slave, balancing out the Congress. In order to prevent further conflicts over whether states would be free or slave, Senator Jesse Thomas proposed the 36°30’ parallel to ban the introduction of slave states above Missouri, known as the Missouri Compromise. The cause of the Missouri Compromise was the division of Congress as members representing free states and slave states. If the balance was overthrown, it was feared that slavery could be abolished nationally or legalized nationally by a majority of representatives of either side.
Missouri wanted to enter the nation as a slave state which would cause a problem, the North was concerned by the unbalance that it would cause within the Senate. So congressman James Tallmadge "proposed a ban on the importation of slaves into Missouri and the slow freedom of its black residents". As a way to make the North happy, the House of Representatives passed the bill that granted Maine as a free state. In addition, as part of the compromise, slavery would be not allowed slavery in the north of the 36°30 ' parallel line. The issue over the Missouri Compromise caused controversy within Congress.
The Missouri Compromise has just been signed by our President, James Monroe. The Missouri Compromise is a compromise my Congress that admits Missouri as a slave state, which would have upsets the delicate balance of free states to slave states in the Senate. In order to balance out the slave states to Free states, land is carved from Massachusetts in the north to form the state of Maine. So the Compromise then outlines that the rest of the Missouri Territory (formerly Louisiana Territory but had a name change with the admission of Louisiana as a state) above the Missouri Compromise Line would be free and those below would be slave states with the exception of Missouri.
The Missouri Compromise The Missouri Compromise helped resolve the issue of whether new free states would be slave states or free states. The request by slave-holding Missouri to join the union caused an angry debate that worried Jefferson, former president, and Adams, presently in Senate. Many Missouri settlers had brought enslaved African Americans into the territory with them. By 1819 Missouri had about 50,000 whites and 10,000 slaves.
The North and the South had different views on slavery at the time, the South wanted to expand slavery westward while the North wanted slavery to stay put. The South felt it was a state right to expand slavery and thought it would be best for the economy if slavery continued to expand. After years of dispute, finally in 1820, a man by the name of Henry Clay led the North and South to an agreement, known today as the Missouri Compromise. Missouri ended up becoming a slave state, Maine became a free state, which created a balance in the senate. The senate required an equal number of slave states and non-slave states.
Last month, we learned the Missouri Compromise, the Monroe Doctrine and American System. These three events were important for me to review against, I deem. The Missouri Compromise was worked out in 1820. The Congress had a serious problem about balance. Missouri became one thing that could break this balance.