Bleeding Kansas



Download 20.63 Kb.
Date conversion17.03.2016
Size20.63 Kb.
Document 1: Analysis of a Print

Bleeding Kansas”





  1. Explain what was happening in this print.

_______________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________


  1. Why did the fighting in Kansas break out?

_______________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________


  1. How does “Bleeding Kansas” illustrate the growth of sectionalism in the United States just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War?

________________________________________________________________________


________________________________________________________________________

Document 2: Analysis of a Political Cartoon


Printed in a Northern Newspaper in reaction to the incident.


  1. What event is being portrayed in this political cartoon?

______________________________________________________________________




  1. What was the reaction of the Southern senators regarding this incident? (use the picture and your outside knowledge)

_______________________________________________________________________




  1. What was the reaction of Northerners to both the incident and the Southern senator’s reaction?

________________________________________________________________________




  1. How did this incident cause increased sectionalism in the United States just prior to the Civil War?

________________________________________________________________________




Document 3: Interpretation of a Book

An excerpt from Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
On the shores of our free states are emerging the poor, shattered, broken remnants of families, -- men and women, escaped, by miraculous providences, from the surges of slavery, -- feeble in knowledge, and, in mane cases, infirm in moral constitution, from a system which confounds and confuses every principle of Christianity and morality. They come to seek a refuge among you; they come to seek education, knowledge, Christianity.
What do you owe to these poor, unfortunates, O Christians? Does not every American Christian owe to the African race some effort at reparation for the wrongs that the American nation has brought upon them? Shall the doors of churches and school-houses be shut down upon them? Shall states arise and shake them out? Shall the Church of Christ hear in silence the taunt that is thrown at them, and shrink away from the helpless hand that they stretch out, and shrink away from the courage the cruelty that would chase them from our borders? If it must be so, it will be a mournful spectacle, If it must be so, the country will have reason to tremble, when it remembers that fate of nations is in the hand of the One who is very pitiful, and of tender compassion.
**Note – “reparation” means to pay back, restore, make up, pay for damages done.

  1. How does the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin feel about slavery? Use information from this portion of the book to support your answer.

_______________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________


  1. What was the effect of the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the United States?

_______________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________

Document 4: Interpreting a Supreme Court Ruling

In the Supreme Court case Dred Scott vs. Sanford (1857), Chief Justice Roger B. Taney announced the “Dred Scott decision” by announcing that:

  • Any person descended from black Africans, whether slave or free, is not a citizen of the United States.

  • The Ordinance of 1787 could not confer (give) freedom or citizenship within the Northwest Territory to black people.

  • The provisions of the Act of 1820, known as the Missouri Compromise, were voided as a legislative act because the act exceeded the powers of Congress, insofar as it attempted to exclude slavery and impart freedom and citizenship to Black people in the northern part of the Louisiana cession.



  1. What was the immediate result of the Dred Scott decision of 1857?

_____________________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________



  1. How did the Dred Scott decision fuel sectionalism prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War?

_____________________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________

Document 5: Analyzing a Map


Winner of the Election of 1860: Abraham Lincoln

40% Popular Vote

180 Electoral Votes


  1. What was the result of the Election of 1860?

____________________________________________________________________




  1. How did Southerners react to the Election of 1860?

_______________________________________________________________________




  1. How will the Election of 1860 help lead to the American Civil War?

_______________________________________________________________________




Document 6: Interpreting a Speech

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe that this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved- I do not expect the house to fall- but I do expect that it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”



-Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858


  1. What is the “house” that Lincoln is referring to in this speech?

___________________________________________________________________




  1. What issue is dividing the “house”?

__________________________________________________________________




  1. How did Lincoln think that the issue would be settled?

__________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


  1. What would southern reaction to Lincoln’s speech be?

___________________________________________________________________


___________________________________________________________________

Document Based Question
This task is based on the accompanying six documents. Some of these documents may have been edited for the purpose of this task. This task is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. As you analyze the documents, take into account both the source of each document and the author’s point of view.


  • Directions: Read the documents in Part A and answer the questions after each document. Then read the directions for Part B and write your essay.



    • Historical Context

The Civil War was a major war in our country’s history when more than 600,000 people died during this conflict. There were numerous reasons why this war occurred. Differences in the economies and lifestyles in the North and South contributed greatly to major disagreements within our country during the early to mid 1800s. Through many compromises over many years, leaders tried to promote a peaceful existence between the North and the South, but there were too many serious problems to heal; consequently, reconciliation was impossible resulting with the Civil War.




    • Task:

Using information from the documents and you knowledge of United States History and geography, write an essay in which you…


      • Discuss what the major disagreements and their causes in the U.S. were in the early to mid 1800s.




      • Discuss how those disagreements “heated up” and eventually led to a Civil War.


The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2016
send message

    Main page