The Missouri Compromise Essay

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APUSH DBQ Although the aftereffects of the era of good feelings dominated the beginning of the time period and compromises were at first effective, sectionalism over national subjects, especially slavery, led to a crisis in which compromises often meant more increase in political tensions. (Doc F) Sectionalism abruptly increased in the 1820 and 1830's with The Missouri Compromise and the Tallmadge Amendment. Tallmadge's radical proposition was that Missouri gradually emancipated its slaves and prohibit slavery in the rest of the Louisiana Purchase which produced raging political debates. If Missouri went either as a slave state or free state, the precarious balance of eleven to eleven states in the senate would be upset. The compromise…show more content…
(Doc B) Not many supported this method and thus Abolitionists created tensions with Northerners and Southerners alike. Another plan was colonization which called for gradual release of slaves and deporting them to Africa with full compensation to the owners depending on the price of slaves at the time. The third option was containment, with a striking resemblance of containing Soviet Communism in the mid 1900's, the plan called for the non-expansion of slavery. This ideal was present in the Missouri Compromise as well as the Wilmot Proviso. All three plans caused much controversy within the south, who had grown to believe that slavery was beneficial to the southerner's way of life, not a "Peculiar Institution" as it was believed to be decades ago. (Doc G) Southern territorial tensions linked to slavery in the mid 1800's. (Doc D) Opposition to annexation of Texas occurred because of avoidance to the problem of Texas being a free or slave state. The Wilmot Proviso provoked huge controversy about the status of the land gained after the Mexican War, the bill would be called upon and debated on furiously for decades to come. Popular sovereignty began to appear in some alternate plans for deciding slavery in the Louisiana Territory. Polk's plan, which proposed to extend the slavery line in the Missouri Compromise to the pacific, aroused further debates for the North and the South. California and New Mexico raised even more questions about the implementation of
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