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They did - the Missouri Compromise. This lasted thirty years, and was only rendered impractical by the admission of California, a state that extended so far on either side of the Missouri line that both sides claimed it.

If only California could have been admitted as two separate states - North and South - there needn't have been a Civil War.

The Missouri Compromise was very sensible, and deserved to last.

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The south just wanted to keep the slaves because that was where the rich lived

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The final attempted compromise would have allowed some extension of slavery, and Lincoln would not accept that.

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