Midterm 2017 Study Guide; Sectionalism and Civil War
Instructor, grader, and would-be arbitrary Potentate: Bradley J. Birzer the Pitt Elder
Section 1: Essay. “Explain the causes of the Civil War.” To cover the topic fully, you should include the issues discussed over the past eight weeks: slavery, nationalism, republican thought, economics, religion, demographics, the constitution and politics, etc. Please remember that you are making an argument and must support it with appropriate evidence—from lectures as well as from the assigned readings in the course.
Section 2: Definitions. I will give you four (4) terms, and you will need to define two (2) of them. To answer correctly, you must address the how, what, who, where, when, and why of each. Possible I.D.s:
1850 Fugitive Slave Law
Compromise of 1850
Missouri Compromise of 1820
Prigg v. Pennsylvania
Slavery, importation of. . .
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Section 3: 25 short answers. A mix of sorting, fill-in the blanks, quote identifications, and multiple choice.