Causes of the Civil War
The following is a GUIDE … it should help you study for your test over the Causes of the Civil
War. This is not all encompassing…However, I tried to include as much of the material as
Review the learning targets below to check understanding of material:
Discover the political, social, economic, and physical divisions that existed in the United
States prior to 1860
Research the impact each cause had on the North and the South prior to the start of the
Form an opinion on which causes were most influential in starting the war.
Be able to answer the following two Main Focus Questions:
WHAT CAUSES LED TO THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR?
WHAT DIFFERENCES EXISTED IN THE U.S. WHICH RESULTED IN A CIVIL
Review the following 4 divisions that existed prior to the start of the Civil War. Be able to
discuss each of the divisions at length, and explain how each division lead to the Civil War.
Compromises (and the effects of each) – Missouri Co., Comp. of 1850, K-N Act
New political parties
House – Divided Speech
Election of 1860
Nationalism vs. Sectionalism
Compromises- how did political decisions shape our country physically?
Map of U.S.- 1860s
o Differences which existed between the North and South
Slavery (Life of a slave- Frederick Douglass and Cato; Life under slavery)
o Violent protests (Nat Turner, John Brown Raids)
o Non-violent protests (Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry David
o Underground Railroad
Conflict of Cultures
Review your notes from class, handouts, primary documents, and excerpts from the book Causes
of the Civil War.
The test will consists of multiple choice, matching, true/false, completion, and short answer
If you have a question while studying, you have 3 options:
Call a classmate
Check my SharePoint for PowerPoint’s and notes
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