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What were the causes and results of the Missouri Compromise? What did the conflict over...

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gabriel79 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2009 at 7:51 AM via web

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What were the causes and results of the Missouri Compromise? What did the conflict over Missouri reveal about “the Era of Good Feelings”?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2009 at 7:58 AM (Answer #1)

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The causes of the Missouri Compromise were

  1. Getting the Louisiana Purchase from France
  2. The fact that there were, before that, equal numbers of slave and free states in the Union.

Once parts of the LA Purchase were ready for statehood, Congress had to figure out if they'd be free or slave.  Either way, it would tip the balance that was in place.

The main result is that the issue of slavery is put off for a while.  This will, of course, not be permanent, but slavery won't cause another crisis until after the Mexican-American War.

What this shows is that even though there was no conflict between political parties during the Era of Good Feelings, there was a conflict brewing between the slave and free states.

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