Chapter 10

Chapter 10: Nationalism And Sectionalism

Research Topics

The Missouri Compromise

Overview

How did concerns over slavery affect national politics in the 1820s?

By 1819 Missouri's population reached the 60,000 residents needed to apply for statehood. The proposed state constitution permitted slavery. The U.S. House of Representatives, which was dominated by northerners, approved amendments to the Missouri statehood bill that would gradually end slavery there. The Senate rejected the amendments. The conflict ended with a compromise that admitted Missouri as a slave state, Maine as a free state, and prohibited slavery in the northern regions of the Louisiana Purchase. However, the compromise did not end battles over slavery. Prominent Americans including Thomas Jefferson feared that the Missouri crisis pointed to a troubled future for the country.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. The Missouri Compromise (1820)
  2. Reflections on the Missouri Question (1820), John Quincy Adams
  3. The Missouri Compromise, 1820
  4. Thomas Jefferson to John Holmes on the Missouri Compromise (April 22, 1820)
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