Missouri Compromise

The Missouri Compromise refers to legislation passed in 1820 which provided for the admission of Maine as a free state along with Missouri as a slave state, thus maintaining the balance of power between North and South. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri. This boundary is known as the Missouri Compromise line.

Synonyms:
Missouri Crisis, Missouri Crisis of 1820, Missouri Compromise line,

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