• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Missouri Compromise. The fear of politicians was that if Missouri was admitted as a slave state the Louisiana Purchase would be influenced in terms of allowing or disallowing slavery.

Extracts from this document...


Oliver Diaz 1/29/12 The Missouri Compromise The Missouri Compromise was an effect of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution brought two new machines to the states that would change the economy drastically. First, there was the cotton "gin" engine created by Eli Whitney in 1793 which allowed for 50 times more cotton to be cleaned in a day (Jordan 248). Secondly, which may be considered more crucial, was the textile mill. Without the help of Samuel Slater, a skilled British mechanic who memorized the design for an entire textile mill and brought it to States, the cotton engine would have been seemingly useless (250). The purpose of these machines was to clean mass amounts of cotton and then turn it into thread and textile which could be used to make clothing. This sudden heightened demand for cotton seemed to reignite the demand for slaves. ...read more.


When thinking of its motives, it is seen that this compromise reflects both national and sectional interests. It reflects the national interest of keeping an equal number of slave and non-slave states in the Union. This becomes crucial in voting because an odd number can lead to unfairness in the political outcomes and decisions agreed upon. On the other hand, the sectional interests reflected are those of fulfilling the wishes of the states and observing their views and opinions regarding slavery. This "balance" that was achieved was actually exactly what Washington had hoped to avoid. The idea of sectionalism was even more firmly established by realizing that there had to be an equal number of slave and non-slave states to maintain political balance. Instead of "placing the interests of one region ahead of the welfare of the nation as a whole" each region made sure they could continue to profit and the regions looked out for themselves (221). ...read more.


The problems however did not let up for the States and fluctuations continued. The booms were all built on the ideas of speculation. Banks assumed that western land would be bought at a steady pace and so they printed bank notes without a second thought. The rise in prices brought a rise in production as well but again, this constant rise was based on speculation and the economy would fall thereafter. The inconsistency of the economy was only the first problem. The market economy also worked cyclically and would not allow any faltering industry to succeed. By stepping into the new market economy the US made it extremely difficult for their economy to consistently prosper. In response to the lack of prosperity, the government took some charge by promoting the economy and encouraging "business enterprise and risk taking" (Norton 247 B). The government seemed to save the economic plunder by promoting corporations and the individual, which led to a more stably efficient economy. Word Count: 802 ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Continuity/ Change over Time Essay. Dominating throughout almost the whole region of Eurasia, the ...

    Even Peter the Great's most famous portrait in St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts displays him in a dress of this sort of style. Perhaps if Mongols' fleets were not mostly destroyed, they would have brought changes to Japan as well.

  2. The effectiveness of political compromise during the period of 1820-1861

    The Crittenden Compromise was a prime example of the effectiveness of compromise on resolving sectional issues. The Crittenden Compromise was a part of last-ditch efforts to try and unify the union. This proposal was created by Kentucky senator John Crittenden who tried to come to terms with the south.

  1. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

    About 96,000 African slaves arrived from 1698 to 1774 when the Atlantic slave trade into the Chesapeake ended. Some of them came from the West Indies. In the 18th century, about nine of ten slaves are arrived to Chesapeake directly from Africa or reshipped from West Indies.

  2. French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon - revision notes

    The social order of the ancient regime. Before the revolution 1789 -> France was one of the most populous (zaludniony) country. With Corsica it had about 26 million inhabitants. Corsica - island on the Mediterranean Sea, over the Sardinia. Its main city is Ajaccio. Corsica is the 4 th largest island on the Mediterranean Sea, it became

  1. The North, The South, and Slavery

    NE Industry a. 1840-1860- steady and spectacular growth b. 1st time- manufactured goods=agricultural goods c. 74,000/140,000 establishments for Manufacturing were located in NE i. Most of the larger companies d. Most highly developed items were nothing like they would later be i. Cotton Man.

  2. IB History HL, Extended Notes: Russia, the Tsars, the Provisional Govenment and the Revolution.

    and their defense against a military counter-revolution. 3. Commander of the troops outside Petrograd made peace with Kerensky (now Commander-in-Chief of the army) and Kornilov and his generals submitted to arrest and were sent to a barracks from which they later escaped to join the Whites.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work