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The Missouri Compromise at 200

November 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The US broken up by Missouri Compromise lines

Join the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy for a one-day conference discussing the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and its legacy. At a time when the United States was precariously balanced with an even number of slave and free states, Missouri’s proposal for statehood as a slaveholding state threatened to tip the scales. The Missouri Compromise, allowing Maine to join as a free state along with Missouri, provided an uneasy solution to the crisis for a time. Two hundred years later, how should we view the Missouri Compromise?

The conference is free, but registration is required. Register below.

Schedule of Presenters and Discussants


Thomas Merrill, Associate Professor, Department of Government, American University

James Read, Professor of Political Science, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Jim Zink, Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, NC State University


Michael J. McManus, Honorary Fellow, Department of History, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Adam Seagrave, Associate Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University


November 21, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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