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Write a brief paragraph on each term for 20 of your choice. You may not cut and paste, and you may not do this as group work; it is expected to be your own words and your own work.

This will help you prepare for the exam, as well, and represents a useful tool for your references during the exam. remember you are turning this in before the exam, so it behooves you to do it well! This represents a portion of your grade and is not optional or suggested. 

Manifest destiny

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Wm. Henry Harrison

whig party

Jackson’s bank war

Nicholas Biddle

Nicholas Trist

Winfield Scott

the Alamo

Omnibus package

Daniel Webster’s 7th of March

Dred Scott Decision

Kansas Nebraska Act

Fugitive slave act

Harriet Tubman

Stephen Douglas

Frederick Douglass

John Brown

Abraham Lincoln

Zachary Taylor

James Polk

Missouri Compromise

nullification crisis

Nat Turner

henry cabot lowell

putting out system

Wilmot proviso

secession of 1860

Fort Sumter

Confederate Congress

agrarian vs. industrial

Bull Run, Manassas Creek

Seward’s folly

King Cotton

Jefferson Davis

Robert E. Lee

Anaconda plan

Emancipation Proclamation

Gettysburg Address

war of attrition


Gen. Wm. Sherman


Lincoln’s assasination


What are the significant political differences (between North and South, or between the parties) that make compromise possible in the 1850 Omnibus Bill (“the great Compromise”) but impossible in 1860?

What were the respective viewpoints on slavery in the US?

Why was the Fugitive Slave Act such a controversial law; and to whom?

Evaluate the outcome of the Seneca Falls convention of 1849

What were the causes of the Mexican-American war?

Why was James Polk’s declaration of war with Mexico controversial? What were his real goals?

Why was Andrew Jackson so fixated on eliminating the 2nd national bank?

Explore the emergence of the Whig party; why? To whom did it appeal?

Why did Jackson, a southerner, fight S. Carolina in the nullification crisis? How does this serve as a warning for the Civil War?

Explore the Indian Removal Act of 1830; how does this action fit in with the civil rights movements of abolition and women’s rights?



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