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Poem asking that Maine not be a part of the Missouri Compromise
Poem asking that Maine not be a part of the Missouri Compromise

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The Missouri Compromise

Some New Englanders reacted angrily to the idea of Missouri being added to the Union as a slave state. They were proud of their work ethic as inhabitants of a state based on free labor and, as expressed in the poem shown here, thought of Southern slave owners as lazy. In the end, the Missouri Compromise led to the creation of a total of nine new states that would never allow slavery (out of a total of 14 states, or parts of states, that were carved out of land acquired through the Louisiana Purchase). Which states, or parts of states, were created out of land acquired through the Louisiana Purchase?


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