Throughout early American history, slavery weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of the infant nation’s people. Slavery was a complex issue, and few were indifferent to its implications. In the South, slaves were crucial to the agricultural economy. The Northern states were focused on industry and had been settled in some cases by more progressive people and organizations. Presidents and senators had staved off the conflict many times. Territories often became states two at a time, to maintain the balance between free and slave states in the Senate, and a series of slave law compromises were made.
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