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VI. Slavery and Pre Civil War Issues 1840 – 1860



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VI. Slavery and Pre Civil War Issues 1840 – 1860

1. Why did the institution of slavery command the loyalty of the vast majority of ante-

bellum whites, despite the fact that only a small percentage of them owned slaves

(73)
2. Slavery was the dominating reality of all southern life. Assess the validity of this

generalization for TWO of the following aspects of southern life from about 1840 to

1860: political, social, economic, and intellectual life. (84)


3. Supreme Court decisions reinforce state and federal legislation. Assess the validity of

this generalization for THREE decisions of the Supreme Court prior to the Civil

War. (72)
4. At various times between 1789 and 1861, Americans changed their positions on the

constitutional question of loose construction or strict construction as best suited their

economic or political interests. Discuss this statement with reference to any TWO

individuals or groups who took positions on this constitutional question. (81)


5. Throughout our history, the Supreme Court has acted as a partisan political body

rather than a neutral arbiter of constitutional principles. Assess the validity of this

generalization for the period 1800 – 1860. (84)
6. Analyze the ways in which supporters of slavery in the nineteenth century used legal,

religious, and economic arguments to defend the institution of slavery. (95)




  1. Assess the moral arguments and political actions of those opposed to the spread of slavery in the context of TWO of the following:

Missouri Compromise Mexican War

Compromise of 1850 Kansas – Nebraska Act (00)






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