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|Calcav, if the Southern gentry had no fear of Northern political interference then there would have been no reason to go bananas everytime a new state was admitted to the Union. Beginning with Missouri, every state was contentious. Between fugitive slave activities and slavery in the territories, there must have been something that they felt threatened by. From reading various passages from Charles Sumner, I get the opinion that there truly was a band of legislators that was out to kill slavery. So, it was not so much the White House but the House of Rep. The Senate was balanced by the compromises, the White House was Southern for the most part, and the House was dominated by the North.