Period 1 – Homework

Due Tuesday, Jan 18th:

  • Read the handout about the Battle of Antietam
  • Based on your textbook reading, answer the following questions:
  1. How did the attitudes toward slavery held by abolitionists, Know-Nothings and Free-Soilers differ?
  2. To what extent did the Kansas-Nebraska Act inflame the tensions over slavery?
  3. To what extent did the Lincoln-Douglas debates lead to the emergence of Lincoln as a national leader for the Republicans?
  4. Why, by the end of the 1850s, was the North no longer willing to make accommodations with Southern society?
  5. How did Lincoln’s election in 1860 lead to the beginning of the Civil War?
  6. What might have happened if Virginia had not seceded from the Union in 1861?  How might this have affected the course of the war?
  7. Do you think that Lincoln’s measures to deal with disloyalty and dissent represented an abuse of power?  Why or why not?