Civil War & Reconstruction
Compromise involves both give and take, where both sides involved
receive some of what they wanted, but neither side fully gets 100 percent of
what they wanted. Compromise for the most part keeps things running
smoothly. I personally believe that compromise is beneficial during this time.
The Missouri Compromise, for example, started when the territory of Missouri
wanted to join the Union as a slave state after the Louisiana Purchase. The
question was if to allow this move with slavery or not. At this point in time, the
country’s main concern was growth, but with growth came the expansion of
thought and power.
The Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820 and was the first true
attempt in finding an answer and a solution to the continued battle of slavery.
This compromise weighed equality in the numbers of free states and slave
states. This compromise makes a good point in my opinion, because for three
decades this seemed to allow hold back on the crisis of slavery and put a holt of
slavery dominating the nation.
The Compromise of 1850 is another important factor related to the benefits and
importance of compromise in the pre-civil war era. Following the Mexican War, the
Unite States acquired territory in the West. Yet again, the question whether slavery should be allowed in those new states or not, was held at high demand. The
positivity that one can take from this compromise is that it postponed the Civil War
by a whole decade. Although this compromise showed to only be a temporary
solution, a decade free from the war that the country was about to face, to me, was
yet another benefit of compromise in and of itself.
The last and most important compromise leading to the Civil War was the
Kansas-Nebraska Act. This compromise was established in hopes to reduce
tensions and resolve the...
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