CSU Civil War Slavery & State

Assignment 1

Consider the 3 social statuses of Blacks during the antebellum period: free southerner, enslaved southerner, and free northerner and explore the pros and cons, challenges/problems and solutions/strengths of each status.

In essay format answer the following questions in the “write a comment” window (a paragraph per question/answer, with detailed resource support, also in your replies to classmates’ main posts)

1. What is at least one example of slavery in the U.S. as a system that was:
A) legal (U.S. Constitution, slave codes, etc.)
B) forced
C) resisted (revolts, day-to-day, cultural, escape)  
D) contradictory?

2. What was at least one problem/challenge each of being an antebellum Black free northerner, free southerner and enslaved southerner?

3. What was one example of a strength/achievement/advantage/blessing of being a free Black northerner, free southerners and enslaved southerners in antebellum U.S.A.?

4. Given the pros and cons of each antebellum Black status, if you were there then which would you have preferred the most; which the least and why? 

5. Concerning the emigration/colonization movement/option as a response to  oppression during this period, what is your response to the idea of antebellum Blacks leaving the U.S.; would you have wanted to or considered emigration out of the U.S. if you were an antebellum Black?  

5. What new questions do you have about antebellum Black life; what specific fact or issue in the resources provoked or inspired a wonderment or an unanswered question in your mind?  Due ASAP

Assignment 2

Consider the following abolitionist events: David Walker’s “Appeal to The Coloured Citizens…” (1829); William Lloyd Garrison’s “The Liberator” (1831),
Nat Turner’s revolt (1831); the “Underground Railroad,” and the following 1850s’ events: 1850 Compromise law, the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act law, the 1856 Dred Scott Supreme Court case and John Brown’s 1859 Harper’s Ferry raid/revolt.

1. How effective, or ineffective, were each of the following 3 “militant abolitionists”: David Walker, William L. Garrison, Nat Turner; which of the 3 was the most effective in your view; and why so?

2. Describe the following 4 mid-19th century national events:
“1850 Compromise” law
1854, Kansas-Nebraska Act law,
1856, Dred Scott Supreme Court case  
1859, John Brown’s Harper’s Ferry raid/revolt 

3. How did any 1 of these 4 events, contribute to 11 southern slavery states’ secession from the U.S.A., and sparking the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865)? 

4. Explain why the following 3 events also helped spark the slavery-ending Civil War:
The “Underground Railroad”; Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; and the 1860 election of Republican President Abraham Lincoln. 

5. After exploring the issues leading up to the U.S. Civil War, what questions or wonderments remain in your mind? 

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