Missouri as a slave state?
In 1819 Missouri applied to be admitted as a slave state in the US.
The union had 11 free states and 11 slave states.
Adding Missouri would’ve tipped the balance in the Senate.
Northern and Southern Views
Northern states opposed Missouri’s application,
They felt that Southern slave states held too much power already.
Southerners not only did not intend for slavery to end, they wanted to expand its presence.
New Great Compromiser
Senator Henry Clay
He suggested that drawing a line at the North of 36° 30’ North.
Slavery would be banned everywhere North of this line.
Missouri would enter as a slave state
Maine would enter as a free state
It also set free the children of Missouri slaves
- The Missouri Compromise settled the conflict that had arisen from Missouri’s application for statehood.