Study Guide

I.  You should be able to Identify and describe the historical significance of the following:

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

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William Lloyd Garrison

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Denmark Vesey

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David Walker

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Nat Turner

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Sojourner Truth

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Theodore Dwight Weld

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Frederick Douglass

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Arthur and Lewis Tappan

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Elijah P. Lovejoy

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William Ellison

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Thomas R. Dew

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George Fitzhugh

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Edmund Ruffin

II.  You should be able to define and state the historical significance of the following:

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Oligarchy

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Abolitionism

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"Positive good"

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Staple Crop

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Yeoman Farmer

III.  You Should be able to Describe and state the Historical significance of the following:

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Cotton Kingdom

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The Liberator

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Mulattoes

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American Anti-Slavery Society

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Peculiar Institution

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Liberty Party

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Lane Rebels

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Gag Resolution

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Underground Railroad

IV.  Discussion Questions:

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Discuss the ways in which the real American South differed from the Mythical South.

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To what extent was Antebellum Southern Plantation agriculture dependent upon slavery?  To what extent was slavery beneficial to the Southern Economy.

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Why did the South lack industrial development before the Civil War?

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In what ways did Slaves show their resistance to the slavery system?

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Trace the development of the antislavery movement from early manumission proposals through the emergence of Abolitionist groups.

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What arguments did Southerners use to defend the Institution of slavery?

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Why was the proposal for colonizing blacks back to Africa attractive to many whites, even as late as the Civil War?

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Explain why the "gag resolution" symbolized the threat that Slavery constituted for All Americans, black and White.

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Did extreme Abolitionists do more harm than Good?  In what way? 

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"The North and Britain were tied to the South with "cotton threads."  Explain this statement.

V.  Practice Quizzes:

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Tindall and Shi: America: A Narrative History

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Bailey's American Pageant

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Sue Pojer's Practice Quizzes:
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Quiz A

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Quiz B