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The Civil War: the Path to Disunion

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Missouri Applies for Statehood- 1819

In 1819, Missouri wanted to join the Union, although in the North, as a

slave state. In would make the balance of power in the Congress unequal.

Many Northerners were opposed to the idea. Northerners in Congress refused

to pass the bill. Northerners proposed that Missouri be slave and that no

more slaves were to be brought in and all slave children would be free at

the age of 25, so Missouri would become a Free State.

Missouri Compromise- 1820

Southerners were opposed to the idea brought up by Northerners. The

Congress was in debate for many months. Henry Clay proposed that Maine

enter the Union as a Free State. Also, prohibiting slavery north of the

36030’, the southern boundary of Missouri. The South agreed since

Plantations would not be able to thrive further North of that line. Many

concerned Americans thought that the slavery issue was resolved.

Tariff Issue- 1828

In 1828, A Tariff was passed to help try to protect New England

Manufactures. The tariff was as high as 45% to 50% of the original

European price. Opponents of the tariff called it the Tariff of

Abomination. Southerners were opposed to the tariff because they exported

cotton and other materials to Europe in exchange European goods were

imported to America. Southerners claimed it was an indirect tax on their

region of the United States. Southerners began to ask for states right.

South Carolina even went as far as to ask for the tariff taken off the

books or they would succeed.   The tariff was lowered by Congress.

Abolitionism- 1800’s

Abolitionism was around before the 1830’s but, it became a more radical

during this time. Before 1830, Benjamin Lundy ran a anti-slavery

newspaper. In 1829, Lundy hired William Lloyd Garrison. Garrison went...


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