Topic #12 Overview Sheet
 

  Assignment #1
 

Sources:

 

Questions:

  1. How did the political parties react to the Compromise of 1850?  How did the sections of the country react?
  2. What was the "Young America" movement?  What national sentiment did it reflect?  Who were its spokespersons and what did it accomplish?
  3. How was it that American foreign policy objectives in the 1850s began to reflect the growing sectional divisions in the country?
  4. Why did the issue of a transcontinental railroad help to reopen the sectional controversy?
  5. List the provisions of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and explain its impact on sectionalism.  What effect did it have on the Whigs?   on the Democrats?
  6. What were the immediate results of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act? 
  7. What problems were faced in the attempt to organize a legitimate government in Kansas?  Why did these problems arise?
  8. How was it that Kansas became a battle ground for the sectional controversy?
  9. What caused the Sumner-Brooks confrontation?  What was its significance?
  10. Identify the views of white southerners, known as the "Slave Power Conspiracy."  How did "free soil" and "free labor" fit into these views?
  11. What were the basic elements of the South's pro-slavery response?  Who were its major spokespersons?
  12. Identify the candidates, the issues, and the results of the presidential election of 1856  Why was James Buchanan the wrong man at the wrong time to be elected President?
  13. What effect did the depression of 1857 have on political divisions in America?  How did it increase the tension between the North and South?
  14. What were the origins of the Dred Scott case?  What issues were involved?
  15. How did Chief Justice Taney rule on this case?  What was the impact of the decision on the nation's efforts to reach a compromise regarding the slavery issue?
  16. What role did the Lyceum Movement play in educating the American public, especially with regard to public controversies of the period?  What sort of people took part in the Lyceum movement?
 

Terms:

 
  Assignment #2
 

Sources:

  • textbook:  mid-pg. 361 - close to the end of pg. 368.
  • AMSCO 2015:  bottom of pg. 256 - 260.
  • AMSCO 2010:  bottom of pg. 249 pg. 253.
  • Document Packet:  "Secession & Disunion."
 

Questions:

  1. Why was the Lecompton Constitution rejected?  What was the final outcome regarding Kansas statehood status?
  2. What were the views of Lincoln and Douglas on slavery?  How did they differ in their solution to slavery in the territories? 
  3. What affect did Douglas's position have on his future presidential aspirations?
  4. How did the Lincoln-Douglas debates define the distinctions between the Democratic and Republican parties?
  5. What were the goals of John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, VA?  How did the South react to this event?
  6. Why is John Brown's raid considered to be a turning point in the South's road to secession?
  7. What caused the split between northern and southern Democrats in 1860?  What was the result of this division?
  8. What was the Republican platform in 1860?  To whom did it appeal most?
  9. What role did the Lyceum play in educating the American public, especially with regard to public controversies of the period?
  10. List the major parts of the Republican platform of 1860.
  11. Identify the reasons why the cords that had once bound the Union had finally snapped in 1860.
  12. What were some of the major effects of the Civil War [as discussed in the introduction to the next chapter in your textbook]?
  13. What were the key components of the Crittenden Compromise?  Why did the Republicans reject it?
 

Terms:

 

                
Quizzes:
  1. Textbook Quizzes -->  chapter 13    chapter 14
  2. My Quizzes -->  A   B  
     
Outlines / Lecture Notes / Review Sheets:
  1. APUSH Review Timeline (interactive)
  2. Giant AHAP Review Sheet by a student from the class of '04, Horace Greeley HS
  3. Lecture outline --> "The Secession Crisis" (Prof. David McGee, Central Virginia Community College)
  4. Note Cards -->  551-600
  5. Cram Sheet --> James Buchanan Through Andrew Johnson
  6. Presidential Election Data --> 1848     1852    1856    1860
  7. "1850s- Decade of Controversy" - outline
  8. "Now We Are Engaged in a Great Civil War," 1848-1880" - good summary

 


   
 

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