The Missouri Compromise, 1820

This day in history, Congress passed the Missouri Compromise. This bill allowed the state of Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state but also provided statehood for Maine, which entered as a free state. This preserved the slave vs free state balance of power in Congress. The compromise served to soothe tensions brewing in the country over the issue of slavery and prevented a possible attempt at secession forty years before the American Civil War. Nearly one hundred and thirty-five years later, Mr. Phelps History class provided their own interpretation of this historic event. Enjoy

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