Sunday, March 25, 2012

Slavery, the Underground Railroad, and Abolition Questions

Since we're in the midst of our unit over Slavery and the Causes of the Civil War, I figured I'd give you all till Friday to get these questions completed and turned into me.
Due Friday, March 8, 2013
Please Complete this Independently, and not with Partners
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Click here to read a selection from "Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave" and then answer question 1
1. Why did Frederick Douglass not want to "state all the facts" of his escape from slavery in paragraph one?
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2. In paragraph one, Frederick Douglass describes what it felt like to escape to freedom.  Why was escaping such a difficult choice to make for him?

3. In paragraph two, how does Frederick Douglass describe how he felt when he "arrived in a free state?"   
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Watch this brief Biography over Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and then answer questions 4-10 which follow it.

4. How did the "injury" Harriet got when she was a child affect her life?

5. How was Harriet Tubman able to escape to the North?

6. Harriet got a nickname because of her heroic acts.  What was it?

7. The video says that "in 1850, things became more dangerous for Harriet".  Why?  Check around the 3:40 mark in the video to find out.

8. Make an inference: why did Harriet start leading slaves to Canada after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed?

9. After the Civil War, identify at least two important things Harriet Tubman did.

10. The narrator in the video (at the 7:00 mark) says that Harriet Tubman is "someone that you cannot forget." Based on what you watched, why do you think this is true?
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Watch this brief video over John Brown's Raid, and then answer the questions which follow it.

11. Why did John Brown take "possession of the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harper's Ferry?"
Click here to search for the answer

12. Because of what John Brown did, some people think he was a hero, and others believe he was a "criminal and a lunatic".  What do you think?  Please be sure you explain WHY in your answer.

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13. Henry Clay is often called "The Great Compromiser" because of his efforts to get the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850 passed in Congress.  What was the Missouri Compromise?
Click here to search for the answer

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14. Dred Scott tried to sue the United States to get his freedom from slavery.  After 10 years, his case was heard by the United States Supreme Court.  What did the Supreme Court rule (check paragraph 6)? 

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15. What object, invented by Eli Whitney, made the demand for slaves in the South increase? 

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16. In 1854, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska act.  It put an end to the "Missouri Compromise".  How did states decide whether or not to have slavery under the Kansas-Nebraska act?
Search for the answer here.

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17. Infer why Abraham Lincoln supposedly told Harriet Beecher Stowe, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war"?

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Check out this table showing the United States census (total population of the US) in 1850 and 1860.  Use it to answer questions 18-20

18. List THREE states that had no Slavery in 1850.

19. List THREE states that had Slavery in 1860.

20. Identify at least ONE state that had more slaves than free citizens in 1850.  


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Bonus: Slavery is sometimes called the "Peculiar Institution".  Why?  Please answer this question in your own words.  

~Mr Piercey
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6 comments:

  1. More google problems....

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    1. im so excited for washington d.c!!!!!! its not very far away!:)

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  2. what do you mean google problems?

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  3. KRD, by google problems I mean that the videos aren't poping up right. :)

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  4. Great approach and material - I'm posting it on FB. Thanks...

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