Month: November 2011

AP History: Thursday Test

Here are the ID’s you came up with before class ended
1. Free Soilers
2. Compromise of 1850
3. Dred Scott Case
4. Gadsden Purchase
5. Election of 1860
6. Bloody Kansas
7. Popular Sovereignty

Some of the others will include
Wilmot Proviso
Fugitive Slave Law
Ostend Manifesto
Kansas-Nebraska Act
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
“Bully” Brooks and Sumner
Harper’s Ferry
Value of Railroad for South


Let’s just call these free response questions. Answer two of the three

How should we remember John Brown? Was he an antebellum terrorist, a noble martyr, a crazy person, or a little of all three? Be sure to include some background about Brown as a way to establish your assessment of his sanity..

“While he certainly couldn’t have predicted the outcome, Stephen Douglas took a number of steps to destroy a shaky sectional balance between north and south for purely political and personal gain.”

The Crittenden Compromise was a last-ditch effort to stop the unraveling of the Union, following Lincoln’s election. Explain the proposal, why Lincoln opposed it, and what it could have meant for the expansion of slavery.


UNA HI201: Study Guide Quiz 4


To get you in the mood for Monday’s quiz I present “Bully” Brooks taking the cane to Charles Sumner. This would be humorous if Sumner had not almost been killed and never fully recovered or returned to the Senate. I will use a couple of pictures as starters for a few of your short answer questions.

Your last quiz. Savor the flavor. This may not be the most complete guide, but considering it was done on Thanksgiving night, in the middle of watching my resurgent 49ers, its pretty good. By the way, how many times do I need to hear that the two coaches in this game are brothers and that this is a historic event. Considering the issues of this section, our sense what merits historical relevance has gone awry.

Enjoy the break. Enjoy the holiday.

study guide quiz 4


Slavery and making of America discussion board

Please answer the following questions with thought and attention.

Due 11/20 @ 11:59pm

1. Describe the life of Harriet Jacobs as a house slave. Be sure to note the fear that was a constant part of her life, the troubles of being pretty, and her relationship with her owner’s wife. Also think about this: Was her life harder, considering what she faced in that home, than if she had been a field hand?

2. Harriet had an affair with a lawyer named Sawyer that resulted in two children being born. Describe her fear for what would become of these children and the ultimate sacrifice she makes for them.

3. Explain religion’s role in slave life and rebellion. Describe the purpose for exposing slaves to Christianity, what they got of out church, have it related to the Nat Turner rebellion and the white response.

4. Solomon Northrop, a free man sold into slavery,  is an example of the sickness that profits from cotton and slavery created in America. Tell me what you found most troubling about any of the slave accounts seen tonight.

5. Explain this statement from Thomas Sumner: The American economy is a conspiracy of the “lords of looms and lords of lash.”

6. Why was Harriet Jacobs railroad car ride to New York City a good metaphor for the treatment of blacks in the north?

7. One of the things that always strikes me when I show this video is just how easy it was to be cruel. What was it for you?

8. How did being a mother add heartache and fear to being a slave? As a man or women (depending on your sex) what would have been the greatest indignity for you?

AP History: Ch. 14/15 Test Monday

Feel free to post your 5 items that you think should be on the matching section of the test. Christmas tree will not a choice (sorry Sarah &  Kelli). Neither will ear-biting wrestlers of the west (although including this in the question about the realities of the west would be good). You go out west in search of land and a new life, then someone bites your ear. That is American history.

Porkopolis (this will be how every future post will be concluded)

Below is the summary of our discussion of Ch. 14

notes on immgration

AP History: Reviews for Ch. 12/13 test

Here are the PowerPoints that you made for sections of chapters 12 and 13.  This went really well and I would like to do this again if you are so inclined. Please pay particular attention to Reagan’s explanation of the Whig party, the word on the various Indian and British battles of 1812, and the important aspects of Texas mentioned during the study day.

Sarah Holland

Kelly Jo pp Van Buren

Reagan Eledge

Mary Elizabeth

Henry Clay & American System-brianna wilkins

Frizzie Shelby

Christina Haskins

Alex Godwin

Austin white


Below is the link to the outline notes that go along with your book.