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After the former British Colonies in North America became the 13 United States, two new...

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM via web

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After the former British Colonies in North America became the 13 United States, two new states were added by 1792.

These were numbers 14 and 15, Vermont and Kentucky. What's the relationship between these first two states and the Compromise of 1820, the Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)?

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shazza61 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Both Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the Union in 1791 and 1792 respectively; Vermont as a free state and Kentucky as a slave state.  In the decades that followed the issue of slavery would dominate the national discourse particularly as it related to the admission of new states to the Union.  The Missouri Compromise (1820), the 1850 Compromise, and the Nebraska-Kansas Act (1854) were pieces of legislation designed to maintain the balance between slaveholding states and free states thereby appeasing northerners and southerners.  Unfortunately these measures proved to be temporary solutions as the nation convulsed into Civil War in 1861.

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