The Compromise of 1820, a legislative landmark,
is closely associated with the work of Speaker Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser. Statehood and sectional divisions were key
issues facing the new nation. This Compromise allowed a mathematical balance to be achieved between slaveholding states
in the Senate. Still, the Three-Fifths Compromise (later repealed) increased the number of Southern Congressmen at the
expense of their constituents, who had no voting rights. Fugitive Slave Laws would play a role in Clay's bookend work, the
Compromise of 1850.
FINDING SOURCES-Sectionalism and the Missouri Compromise
- What conflicts existed between the Federal Government and the States at this time?
was sectionalism important?
- How did a key challenge to the Missouri Compromise line play a role in the
building of tensions in the pre-Civil War (antebellum) period?
- Did the Supreme Court play a role in a
ruling on the Missouri Compromise?
- What other things was Henry Clay noted for? Whom did he influence?