How did cultural divisions affect the political compromise made over slavery? 

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Cultural divisions in the United States, between the North and the South, affected compromises made over slavery.

There were several compromises made over slavery. The southern states strongly believed in the institution of slavery. They believed they could not survive economically if slavery disappeared. They believed, rightly or wrongly, that the southern economy would be significantly harmed if slavery disappeared. The southerners also believed that European ways of life were superior to African ways of life. White southerners couldn’t imagine a society where blacks and whites were equal. Thus, they insisted that slavery not be ended.

In the northern states, there was a concern that slavery would spread. Northerners were concerned about more slavery existing in our country. There were few slaves in the North, mainly because the types of jobs didn’t require unskilled, farm laborers. Thus, when developing compromises about slavery, these cultural differences had to be considered in order for the compromise to be accepted.

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