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CH19 – Drifting Toward Disunion

Time Frame: 1854-1861

Objectives: At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Enumerate the sequence of major crises, beginning with the Kansas-Nebraska Act, that led up to secession, and explain the significance of each event.
  • Explain how and why the territory of bleeding Kansas became the scene of a dress rehearsal for the Civil War.
  • Trace the growing power of the Republican party in the 1850s and the increasing domination of the Democratic party by its militantly proslavery wing.
  • Explain how the Dred Scott decision and John Brown’s Harpers Ferry raid deepened sectional antagonism.
  • Trace the rise of Lincoln as a Republican spokesman, and explain why his senatorial campaign debates with Stephen Douglas made him a major national figure despite losing the election.
  • Analyze the election of 1860, including the split in the Democratic party, the four-way campaign, the sharp sectional divisions, and Lincoln’s northern-based minority victory.
  • Describe the secession of seven southern states following Lincoln’s victory, the formation of the Confederacy, and the failure of the last compromise effort.
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