Midterm 2013 Study Guide; Sectionalism and Civil War
Instructor, grader, and would-be arbitrary tyrant: Bradley J. Birzer the Pitt Elder
N.B. Please feel free to study in pairs or groups. Of course, you will have to take the exam individually.
Section 1: Essay. “Explain the causes of the Civil War.”
To cover the topic fully, you should include the issues discussed over the past six 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.
Worth sixty percent of your midterm grade.
Section 2: I.D.s. I will give you four terms, and you will need to define four (4) of them. To answer correctly, you must address the how, what, who, where, when, and why of each.
1850 Fugitive Slave Law
Compromise of 1850
Constitutional Union Party
Free Soil Party
Knights of the Golden Circle
Missouri Compromise of 1820
Platte County Self-Defense Association
Prigg v. Pennsylvania
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
William H. Seward