Expansion, War, and Sectional Crisis, 1844–1860


Answer question, 8-10 sentences, except last two 10-15 sentence 


NEED to be DONE by 11:00 pm ( 23:00)


1.In what specific ways did the ideology of Manifest Destiny influence events during the 1840s and 1850s?

2.What were the main constitutional arguments presented during the debate over slavery in the territories? Which of those arguments influenced Chief Justice Taney’s opinion in Dred Scott?

3.How did the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision seek to address the issue of slavery, and what was the effect of each of them on sectional conflicts?

4.THEMATIC UNDERSTANDING Some historians claim that the mistakes of a “blundering generation” of political leaders led, by 1860, to the imminent breakup of the Union. Using the events from “Politics and Power” on the thematic timeline, explain why you agree or disagree.


Thematic timeline : http://www.macmillanhighered.com/BrainHoney/Resource/6696/digital_first_content/trunk/test/henretta8e/asset/timeline/timeline105.html


5.ACROSS TIME AND PLACE How were the American territorial acquisitions of the 1840s similar to, and/or different from, those of the Louisiana Purchase and the Paris Treaty of 1783 (discussed in Chapters 6 and 7)?


6.VISUAL EVIDENCE In American Progress, why does John Gast choose Liberty to lead the republic westward? How does he interpret the American experience, and what stories does he tell in the image’s foreground, middle ground, and background? How does the evidence in the chapter challenge Gast’s interpretation of westward expansion?

visual evidence: http://www.macmillanhighered.com/BrainHoney/Resource/6696/digital_first_content/trunk/test/henretta8e/asset/img_ch13/ch13_CO13_01.html

7.KEY TURNING POINT: Three new political parties appeared in the six years from 1848 to 1854: Free-Soil, American (Know-Nothing), and Republican. What accounts for this upsurge in political activity, and what was its result?

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