Subsequent chapters trace the career of anti-slavery constitutionalism through the ratification process, from ratification to the Missouri crisis, and finally from the Missouri Compromise
to the outbreak of civil war.
In the spring of 1820, following congressional discussion leading to the Missouri Compromise
, Jefferson writes that the debate, "like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror," and that with regard to slavery, Americans have "the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go."
Clay proceeded to engineer the Missouri Compromise
: Missouri would enter the Union as a slave state, but the rest of the West would be divided into a free North and a slavery-allowing South.
Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise
. By Matthew W.
Forbes, The Missouri Compromise
and its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America (2007).
Separate episodes in slavery that are explained include the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Missouri Compromise
, the Amistad Rebellion, and King Cotton.
This is the land of Elijah Lovejoy, the Missouri Compromise
, Dred Scott, the East St.
Hall, an attorney, independent scholar, and writer, integrates the story of the Missouri Compromise
with the biography of Jesse Burgess Thomas (1777-1853), who was a junior senator from Illinois during the Missouri controversy over the issue of slavery in the newly acquired lands of the Louisiana Purchase and handled the negotiations that led to the Missouri Compromise
Halfway to everything, neither truly North nor South, and neither East nor West, this state best illustrated its political and geographic ambivalence through the Missouri Compromise
This spring marks the 160th anniversary of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise
of 1820 and opened the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, previously closed to slavery, to the possibility that those territories and states evolving from them could be slave.
The Wilmot Proviso caused a great stir both because it cast a shadow on the territorial rewards of the Mexican War and because of the friction it would have created with the Missouri Compromise
: the proviso would have prohibited the introduction of slavery into the newly acquired territory south of 36 degrees 30 minutes, contrary (in the view of many) to the spirit of the Missouri Compromise
Until the 1850's, with the important exceptions of the Missouri Compromise
of 1820 and the admittance of Texas into the Union in 1845, the central issue dividing the country was the tariff.