The Importance Of The Tallmadge Amendment

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In the year 1819, there was a balance of power within the nation because there were

exactly 11 free states and 11 slave states. Missouri, however, wanted statehood, which created

problems because that would make the balance of power unequal. James Tallmadge, Jr. proposed

what came to be known as the “Tallmadge Amendment,” which disallowed slaves’ owners from

bringing new ones into Missouri, and also allowed children of slaves to be freed when they

turned 25. This was approved by the House of Representatives, where the Northerners had a

majority, but rejected by the Senate. Maine came into this situation when they wanted to be their

own state, requesting to be in the Union. Senate saw this opportunity to fulfill an equal number
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This separated what could be

slave states and free states, free being in the North and slave states being in the South (except


Despite this resolution, there was a newly-developed problem that emerged. Members of

the Missouri constitutional convention who did not oppose slavery banned African Americans

who were free from getting into the state by wanting to include it in the constitution. Henry Clay

played an important role at this time by convincing the Missouri legislature to not put that in the

constitution. This almost stopped Missouri’s admission to the Union. The Missouri Compromise

was not a permanent solution to the nation’s issues with slavery. All it did was temporarily

postpone the problems revolving around slavery and push them aside.

2. Andrew Jackson, a president of the common man, was very important because he

believed democracy was key, so the majority should be ruled in it. With his presidency, the

United States really saw how democratic reality was becoming especially because he set most of

the stage for the Democratic party we have today. He also thought normal citizens should
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Jackson thought the national Bank was

unconstitutional and that it only helped the wealthy. He was not fond of paper money because it

was not backed by gold and silver and he was suspicious of the power they had. He purposely

weakened the Bank by strengthening the state government. Because of him, a new opposing

party, the Whigs, was created. Even though he had many achievements in office and had ideas

that shaped the country, Andrew Jackson was still not that great of a president. This is because

overall he did not really try his best to make more rights for the people, but restricted many. Due

to him being exposed to and involved in war at such a young age, he used what he learned in war

in his presidency and for evil (most of his responses to things were to fight, and he also killed a

man in a duel). He also was known for being a president of the common man and for the people,

but he owned slaves who were African Americans. He made the Native Americans move,

through the Indian Removal Act, just because his attitude towards them, obvious throughout his

early presidency especially in his Inaugural Address, was negative. He also did this because

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