The House Divides

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Read:
American Horizons Chs. 13 & 14;
Frederick Douglass, “The Antislavery Constitution” (1860),
Jefferson Davis, “The Proslavery Constitution” (1860)

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  1. From Ch. 13 (“The Expansion of America” & “Contested Citizenship”): How did key events in the story of westward expansion and the entry of new immigrants into the United States in the 1840s and 1850s alter American life?
  2. From Ch. 13 (“Slavery and Antebellum Life”): In what ways did enslaved men and women challenge the system of slavery, and how did slaveholders respond to this challenge?
  3. From Ch. 13 (“The Rise of the Republicans”): Why was the fight over Kansas such a contentious and violent one? What other specific events caused the dispute over slavery to escalate in the 1850s?
  4. From the primary sources: Compare Frederick Douglass’s argument about slavery and the Constitution to Jefferson Davis’s argument. What are the fundamental differences between them? How do you explain these differences of interpretation of the same document, the Constitution of the United States? This question will require at least 2 paragraphs.
  5. From Ch. 14 (“Secession, 1860-1861”): Why did the Civil War start in 1861? And what played a greater role in the outbreak: reason or emotion? Defend your answer.
  6. From Ch. 14 (“War in Earnest, 1862-1863”): How did the war change between 1862 and 1863 in ways that people did not anticipate?
  7. From Ch. 14 (“A New Birth of Freedom”): Why exactly did the North endorse emancipation in 1862, and what role did African Americans play in shaping that change?