Missouri Compromise: State's Rights And Slavery In The Early United States

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Believe it or not, state 's rights was just as big an issue as slavery was. Many Compromises were made that directly influenced slavery in the early United States, however, these documents also had a basis for determining the rights of the states. I believe that these rights had more of an impact on the development of the Unites States up to the 1850s.
Even before the Revolution, America 's original thirteen colonies were used to making their own decisions. Often, we 'll see examples of them blatantly ignoring rules imposed on them, firstly by their mother country in Europe, followed by their own Constitution at home. When the colonies first announced their independence from the British, the regarded themselves as sovereign states. However,
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In the late 1819 's, the Missouri Compromise was requested due to an issue with the number of slave and free states in the country. At the time, the United States contained twenty-two states, evenly divided between slave and free. Though, the problem first reared when Missouri gathered enough people to become a proper state. Most of these people came from the South, and expected to be a slave state, but the central government couldn 't comply with this due to the uneven numbers. Luckily enough, Maine also was applying to become a state at this time. The government put these two cases together as a compromise, saying that Maine would be a free state and Missouri a slave state. Thus, the problem was solved …show more content…
It required citizens to assist in the recovery of fugitive slaves, denied a fugitive 's right to a jury or trial, and called for changes in the filing claim, making it easier for slaveholders. This got a rise out of a lot of abolitionists, who called for the end of slavery. They believed the act to be unconstitutional, and it made it very difficult for slaves in the North to start a life there. The Underground railroad became more active, and many slaves retreated to neighboring countries. There was an obvious split going on in the country, revolving around the issue of

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