Expansion Of Slavery

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In the early nineteenth century the United States started to expand. Many areas in the expansion wanted to become territories to later become states. Arkansas was no different. As part of the Missouri territory, Arkansas wanted to break off and become its own territory. Being in the southern part of the United States, Arkansas was great for agriculture and slavery. Slavery and its legality in the United States was an issue that started when the country was being formed. It became an even larger issue as the country expanded westward. Many in Congress felt, however, that slavery should not expand and worked to prohibit slavery in the new territories. Others in Congress felt differently and saw the prohibition of slavery as an attack on the …show more content…
Representative Walker discusses how taking away the ability for the Arkansas territory to decide to become a slave territory was taking away the ability for states to self-govern. Taking away the ability to self-govern a territory implies that the national government is becoming to controlling over the rights of states and territories. Representative Taylor asks why the South needs slavery when most of the North does not practice slavery. Representative Taylor fails to realize that the North is rather industrious and is its economic stability is not solely based on agriculture like the South. Walker points out that the south can not support a poor laboring white population. Walker is right the South in no way could support a poor laboring white population. Having large plantations allowed for business between states and other countries gave the south economic prosperity. Poor whites would only be able to have a small plot of land to live off and would not be able to support the agriculture industry in the …show more content…
Representative Nelson considered this amendment to prohibit slavery in the Arkansas territory as way of Congress attacking slave masters and their property. Not allowing slavery in the Arkansas territory would have excluded many slave owners from moving to Arkansas because its climate was great for agriculture. Not allowing slavery created the problem of not allowing a person’s property to travel. Representative Taylor countered that he was not taking away property, but rather trying to decrease the overall amount of slavery. Slavery in the end was allowed into the

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