The Missouri Compromise (1820)

Henry Clay, Chairman of the Select Committee o...

Henry Clay, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Various Propositions for the Admission of Missouri into the Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The United States in 1819. The Missouri Compro...

The United States in 1819. The Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery in the unorganized territory of the Great Plains (dark green) and permitted it in Missouri (yellow) and the Arkansas Territory (lower blue area). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Excellent 7 minute explanation of the Missouri Compromise and past DBQ essays and Free Response Essay questions from APUSH exams about the topic.

Remember, Henry Clay works the Compromise and Maine is admitted as a free state and Missouri as a slave state. All future territory in the west above the 36 30″ line of latitude will be free. It lasts 34 years but DOES NOT solve the problem for good.

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