Causes of the Civil War
Discussion & Essay Questions
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- Which effect of the American Revolution most threatened North-South relations?
- Westward migration?
- The ideological example set for slaves and free blacks?
- Slave rebellions?
- Do the Constitutional compromises over slavery seem balanced—that is, were the interests of both regions reasonably protected?
- Which of these compromises would you expect to be most controversial: the fugitive slave provision, the three-fifths compromise, or the agreement to delay any ban on the slave trade?
- Why do you suppose there was no serious attempt to abolish slavery at this founding moment?
- Were convention delegates only inhibited by South Carolina’s threat?
- Do you think South Carolina really would have bolted from the new nation if it did not win the concessions it sought?
- Could South Carolina have been bluffing—and if so, why do you suppose no one called South Carolina’s bluff?