Sectional Tension have always been an issue throughout the history of the United States. However, during 1820-1860’s differences between the North and the South created tension, tension that could possibly result in division. Although, there were various attempts to Compromise, in which included the the Missouri Compromise, Three-Fifths Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, disunion was could not be prevented.
When the territory of Missouri attempted to join as a state in 1819, the uneven balance between slave and non-slave states in the U.S. was threatened. This resulted in commotion, until Henry Clay submitted the Missouri Compromise in 1820. The purpose of this document was to keep a balance between the number of slave states and the number of free states in the union. Which allowed Missouri to enter as a slave state and Maine as a free state keeping a balance between both.