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Road to the Civil War Webquest

Analysis Page


Step 1: Go to my teacher website found here: and open Causes of the Civil War document. Finish the Causes of the Civil War notes packet and turn in.

Step 2:Complete the Road to the Civil War webquest analysis. Use the links in the document to navigate to various readings and videos. After completing each section, answer the questions below. You will not turn in the Analysis page until you have completed your quilt.

Step 2: Using the information you gathered, you will create a “quilt” depicting the events that lead to the start of the Civil War. Folk art quilts have a history of telling stories, like a scrapbook. You will be given a template with 9 squares. In each square you will illustrate the individual events you have studied.


  1. What is sectionalism?

  1. What was the difference between the two sections?




How they made their money


Lifestyle differences

  1. What 4 major issues created sectional conflict? (list and briefly define each cause)

States’ Rights and Tariffs

  1. What was the doctrine of nullification?

View the video below and answer the following questions.

  1. What was the purpose of the tariffs?

  2. Why did the south not like it?

  3. What did John C. Calhoun say the South had a right to do?

  4. What compromise did Henry Clay create?


  1. As our nation expanded during the 1800s the issue of expanding or limiting slavery in the United States was a key issue. Explain how each of the Compromises listed dealt with the issue of slavery.

Missouri Compromise


Compromise of 1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

The Fugitive Slave Act

  1. What was the Fugitive Slave Act?

  1. How did the Fugitive Slave law impact the lives of African Americans living in the North?

  1. Many slave owners placed advertisements for the return of their runaway slaves. View the advertisements using the links below, and answer the following questions:

    1. Approximately how much could be made for returning an escaped slave?

    1. Were the descriptions of the runaways vague or specific?

    1. How do you think these ads further hurt freed and escaped African Americans in the North?

The Dred Scott Case

  1. Who was Dred Scott?

  1. What was the decision of the Supreme Court?

  1. How did this decision contradict the Compromises of 1820 and 1850?

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  1. What controversial novel did Stowe write in 1853?

  1. What do you think were Stowe’s personal beliefs about slavery? Explain your answer.

  1. How did this novel contribute to the outbreak of Civil War?
Raid on Harper’s Ferry

  1. What was John Brown’s plan at Harper’s Ferry?

  1. How did Brown’s raid impact the progression towards the Civil War?

1860 Presidential Election

  1. Who won the 1860 Presidential election, and with what percentage of votes?

  1. According to the political cartoon, how was the new President received in the North and the South? Provide details from the illustration that led you to your answer.

  1. What was the South’s response to the election results?

  1. Which is the first state to secede from the Union?

  1. How many states in total seceded from the Union?

Civil War Begins!

  1. The video states that the path to the Civil War has two parts. What are these two parts?

  1. Where does the first battle of the Civil War take place?

Road to Civil War Quilt
Instructions: Each square should illustrate the main idea or impact of each event, and be fully colored.










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