I was exposed to the Missouri Compromise in several different school districts. There was a decided regional twist taught depending on where the school I attended was located.
The high notes of the Compromise were basically taught the same, with my history teacher in Fairfax, VA adding his opinion that it ultimately favored the North as he felt it illegally negated the 5th amendment Right to own property. He felt that Congress overstepped its authority by denying a state's population the right to own slaves.
The National Archives list the main points of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 as:
"This legislation admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a non-slave state at the same time, so as not to upset the balance between slave and free states in the nation. It also outlawed slavery above the 36º 30' latitude line in the remainder of the Louisiana Territory."
The Missouri Compromise was one of the early bipartisan efforts by Congress to stem the building hate and discontent over the issue of Slavery in the 1800's. Henry Clay was always in the thick of the conversations and results. Because of Henry Clay's and other's efforts, the conflict between the North and the South was successfully avoided until the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which effectively gutted the Missouri Compromise. Now slavery in any state, no matter its location, would be determined by popular vote. The situation rapidly declined from there. But Henry Clay's Compromise helped to keep the opposing sides of the slavery issue from tearing the country apart for 25-30 years.
I mention the Missouri Compromise event only because here we are 200 years later and we are still at each other's throat. The people who were at the center of most of the political controversies in 1820 are still at the center of much controversy now 200 years later. In neither time are they to blame by their actions, but only by their mere existence.
This senseless racial hatred that was so insidious and virulent during our ancestors time still exists today. It still exists because it is in the interest of those who would control us to use it to keep us divided. The sleazy assholes pulling the strings and making greedy plans behind closed doors do not care about skin color. The color of our skin is a convenient and easy difference to exploit when seeking to dominate a population either politically or economically. They only care about money and power. Anything they can use to keep us slobs on the street off our game is okay with them.
Once we all see that race, LGBTQ, religion, and the so-called culture wars are nothing but manufactured diversions to keep us off balance, we may have a chance. A population that is off balance is so much easier to manipulate. ...... Yeah, until all of us stop this war with ourselves, we will continue to be mindless drones who are conditioned by hate and discontent.
Keep it 'tween the ditches ................................
BTW - Writing this post gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with another American hero who spent their life serving their country, yet did not quite make the front row of history's Hall of Fame. Henry Clay was such a man. Reading even a short bio such as this one at Wikipedia, fills out the two dimensional image broad brush history books paint of him. Two fun facts about Henry and his time:~ His mother bore 16 children by two different husbands.
Thanks for this one. Thanks for all the musings you manage to put into writing but this one struck the “leave a comment” chord in me. I’m not sure what that comment is except to say thanks for this one, brother, and the tunes as well.
So do you think Trump will be arrest soon?
Coffee is on and stay safe
The pipes and drums version is in Cologne.
The war was fought on two different premises. The South fought to preserve slavery and the Noryh fought to preserve the Union. Racism was embedded in both sides and has never disappeared only grown stronger with help from those pulling the strings. You are so right, we have to stop killing each other. I saw a poster to that effect in a Mennonite Brethren church.
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