Missouri Compromise – II

Lead: By 1820 the American sectional crisis over the issue of slavery in territories applying for statehood was temporarily solved by the Missouri Compromise.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: By 1820 the debate over slavery focused upon the technical question on whether slavery could be restricted in territories applying for statehood. Southerners insisted on no federal restrictions. Northerners wanted to put a block on the spread of slavery into the states carved out of the Louisiana Purchase.

Read more →

Missouri Compromise – I

Lead: In 1818 the slave-holding territory of Missouri requested admission to the United States as a state. This application setting off a storm of controversy and rising sectionalism in the U.S. Congress.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: When Congress considered Missouri’s petition for statehood, there were twenty-two states in the Union – eleven were slaveholding states and eleven were non-slaveholding states. Consequently, there was an even balance of power regarding over slavery in the United States Senate. With the admission of Missouri as a slaveholding state, the balance of power in the Senate would shift. Northerners  regarded the admission of Missouri as jeopardy their political interests.

Read more →