Slavery in the U.S.

Louisa Smitherman, Logan Eppright, Laurel May

The Missouri Compromise, Tallmadge Amendment, Compromise of 1850, and 36 degrees 30 minutes north are all centered around where slavery would be permitted in the United States. Posted in 1819, the Tallmadge amendment was an amendment to a bill requesting the territory or Missouri to be admitted as a free state to the union. Those in congress from the south argued that the amendment was unconstitutional because it put restrictions on states regarding admission to the union. This problem was resolved through the passing of the Missouri Compromise in 1820. The Missouri Compromise was centered around the regulation of slavery in western territories. The compromise prohibited slavery in the former Louisiana territory north of the 36 degrees 30 minutes north except within the boundaries of Missouri. The Tallmadge amendment was not included in the Missouri Compromise. Then the Compromise of 1850 was implemented and the north got the most out of the compromise, but the south got the fugitive slave law. The compromise was a packages of 5 separate bills passed to diffuse a 4 year confrontation between the slave states of the south and the free north regarding territories acquired during the Mexican American war.

"But it chanced the other day that I scented a white water- lily.... It is the emblem of purity.... What confirmation of our hopes is in the fragrance of this flower! I shall not so soon despair of the world for it, notwithstanding slavery, and the cowardice and want of principle of Northern men. It suggests what kinds of laws have prevailed longest and widest, and still prevail, and that the time may come when man's deeds will smell as sweet. Such is the odor which the plant emits.... It reminds me that Nature has been partner to no Missouri compromise. I scent no compromise in the fragrance of the water-lily." -Henry David Thoreu

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