Reading Guide for Week Twelve
Text: Divine, Chapter 13, pp. 397-408 &
Chapter 14: 4/11/00
Special Topics: The Compromises of 1820
The Dred Scott Decision
Answer one of the following text questions:
Primary Source Assignment
How well did African Americans cope with being
slaves in the American South? Did free blacks suffer as well as slaves?
What were the consequences of the Mexican War
for westward expansion and the politics of slavery in the United States?
Define the phrase "popular sovereignty" and explain
its role in the sectional crisis of the 1850s.
Why did the sectional crisis in the United States
come to a head in the 1850s? What role did the Republican Party play?
Read and compare the following accounts of slavery in the ante-bellum
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents
in the Life of a Slave Girl, Chapter VI
Mary Norcott Bryan, A
Grandmother's Recollections of Dixie, Letter I, Letter III,
Letter, IV, Letter V, and Letter IX
Answer at least two of the following primary source questions:
How do these two accounts of slavery differ?
Are there any similarities between them?
What do these two women reveal about family life,
both black and white, in the Old South?
Do you find it surprising that Harriet Jacobs
was literate? What about Mary Norcott? Why? Why not?
Was gender more important than race in the lives
of either (or both) of these women? How? Why? Why not?