Essay heading: DBQ: The Success of the Missouri Compromise

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Calhoun, a Southern politician and political philosopher from South Carolina, believed that slavery was were also against slavery such as Thomas Jefferson who not only described slavery as a "cruel war against human nature itself," but also stated in a letter to John Holmes concerning the present situation of sectionalism and the Missouri Compromise "that there is not a man on earth who would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us from this heavy reproach, in a practical way...
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While the South claimed that the fifth amendment gave them the right to hold slaves and to not be deprived of their property, Northerners argued that Congress had the right to forbid slavery as was done in the Northwest Territory. It was obvious that the simple terms of the Missouri Compromise, though temporarily successful in smaller aspects, could not possibly solve the complex and undying issue of slavery...
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