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brought an end to the Era of Good Feelings. These conflicts continued to worsen in 1824. Henry Clay was an example of this, he was an important member of Congressand leader of the Whig Party and was a skilled politician and helped create the Missouri Compromise. Missouri wanted to become a new state, and many landowners in Missouri already had slaves. At this time, the number of states was evenly divided between free and slave. When the issue of Missouri becoming a statecame before Congress, the Free states voted against it, while the slave states voted for it.The Missouri Compromise had settled the issue of slavery in the Louisiana Territory. Most Americans agreed that it was a state problem. However, many people still opposed slavery and most Northern states had either ended slavery, or passed gradual emancipation laws. Abolitionists in the North even sent petitions to the House of Representatives asking it to find a way to end slavery.
In conclusion, Congress passed the Missouri Compromise in 1820 to make both slave and Free states happy. The compromise added the new slave state of Missouribut also created the free state of Maine, so that the balance of slave states and Freestates would not change. The Missouri Compromise is a very significant event in American history, due to the fact that many people opposed slavery and most Northern states had either ended slavery, or passed gradual emancipation laws.