What Is The Missouri Compromise

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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 differences between the north and the south soon became known as sectionalism, exaggerated to a particular region of the country. The Senate proposed prohibiting slavery in the remainder of the Louisiana Purchase north of 36 degrees 30’N latitude. The Missouri Compromise preserved the balance between slave
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