The Missouri Compromise By Michael Portale

Why is was created

Missouri requested to become slave state but many Northerners rejected it since it was in the Louisiana Purchase Territory.

Adding another slave state could upset the balance of slave-free states. Bring more Sectionalism.

agreement ATTEMPTS from congress

Missouri could become a slave state.

But cannot import African American Slaves and had to free all child slaves.

It was opposed by south politicians and then later rejected.

An Agreement is finally Reached

The official Missouri Compromise was passed May 8, 1820.

It allowed Maine to enter the union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1821. Maine entered as a free state.

Also Missouri could finally enter the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821. Missouri entered as a slave state.

The Compromise prohibited slavery north of the line 3630° latitude which was Missouri's south border.


Although there were still disagreements after the Compromise but ultimately held union together for 30+ years.

Later declared unconstitutional as a result from the 3rd amendment.


Created with images by dbking - "US Supreme Court" • DonkeyHotey - "U.S. Constitution - Illustration" • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "Map of the United States, showing by colors the area of freedom and slavery, and the territories whose destiny is yet to be decided, exhibiting also the Missouri compromise line, and the routes of Colonel Fremont in his famous explorations"

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