INFLUENCE OF POPULATION MAKE-UP AND GROWTH TO THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICA IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN 1815 AND 1828

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The westward movement gained momentum rapidly after the Revolution. The frontier advance, slowed by the Indian uprisings, was quickly resumed after 1815 when Britain no longer gave support to various Indian tribes. The availability of cheap land that could be purchased on credit because of the Harrison Land Law made the areas west of the Appalachians to the Rockies very appealing. The movement can be likened to a procession of settlement. The first settlers were hunters, traders and explorers. After them, farmers began to settle the land to give the region stability for the United States. By 1820, there were 6 persons per square mile in the east of the Mississippi. As new people came into the lands, they went further and further west …show more content…
Representative James Tallmadge of New York introduced an amendment to the Missouri statehood bill that would have 1) prohibited the further introduction of slaves into Missouri and 2) would have freed at the age of 25 all children of slaves born in Missouri after its admission of statehood. Sharp angry debate over the rights of Congress to legislate on the slavery issue ensued. It was the first time the issue of whether or not slavery was good for the United States was discussed in Congress. It became apparent in the debate that the balance of Free State representation and slave state representation in the Senate would be critical in other debates. The Free states already had more voted in the House. With the Tallmadge Amendment, the South feared that the prohibition of slavery by Congress in Missouri would set a precedent to eventually lead to the absolute prohibition of slavery in the United States. The Tallmadge Amendment passed the House but was deadlocked in the Senate. The first break in the debate towards a solution began in 1820 when Maine applied for statehood. The essential provisions of the Missouri Compromise provided: 1) that Missouri be admitted as a slave state and Maine be admitted as a free state and 2) that the territory north of the 36’30° (Missouri’s southern border) be “forever free.” This permitted new states admitted south of this line to become slave states. This appeared to be a settlement to the debate until Missouri admitted a constitution

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