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background of missouri compromise?

background of missouri compromise

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Missouri controversy erupted unexpectedly in 1819, when northern congressmen objected to the Missouri Territory, part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France, being admitted to the Union as a new slave state. Previously, northern congressmen had not obstructed the admission of new slave states. Later that year, Congress would grant statehood to Alabama by a joint resolution that left its slave labor system intact. However, some northern congressmen took exception to Missouri becoming a slave state, apparently less because slavery was already entrenched in the territory (bonds people were approximately 16 percent of its population) than because Missouri was located directly west of a free state (Illinois) as well as west of the Mississippi River. Their unwillingness to countenance slavery's encroachment northward and westward initiated a struggle that endangered the Union.

  • 1 decade ago

    In 1820 after dispute between pro and anti- slavery advocates re the settlement of the west the Compromise was passed. Basically it was to determine the staus of slavery in the Louisiana Territory north of parallel 36°30' north except within what would become Missouri. Though passed by the Reps it was rejected by the Senate.

    The House passed a bill, allowing Missouri into the union as a slave state. On top of the admission of Alabama (also a slave state) this meant a majority of slave states against "free" states. Balancing this there was a bill in passage through the House to admit Maine as a free state keeping the numbers equal. Basically wpould the west be slave or free or both? That answer became clear later.

    Source(s): Wikipedia and my own old notes from High School in Australia
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