410: Final Exam

Topics: material from units 23 and 25, and 32-36.

Time: During our last end-of-term meeting.

What: You will be asked to write one long essay on a general question and four brief term-identification essays

Study questions. I will give you a choice of at least two of these on the exam.

  1. What role did slavery play in the development of American capitalism?

  2. Was it fair to equate the condition of women and wage workers with that of slaves?

  3. What approach to the slavery question (from the anti-slavery position) strikes you as most effective, given existing political, economic and social circumstances?

  4. To what extent was the relationship between slaves and masters governed by paternalism?

  5. How was Mexico poisonous to the US?

  6. Was the Compromise of 1850 destined to fail? Consider the situation in 1850 and the compromise itself as well as subsequent events leading to the Civil War.

  7. Lincoln is revered as a great hero of American history, Steven A. Douglas a great villain. To what extent are those judgements justified by the different positions they took in the debates of 1858 vs. Douglas’s actions in the 1850s and Lincoln’s subsequent issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation?

Key terms for identification essays: in which you are asked to identify and explain the significance of a term related to what we have studied. Here are some examples of terms that might appear on the test from the units we have studied so far. I will put seven terms on the test and ask you to write about four of them.


Use-value communalism

Capitalist property


Company Store

Debt peonage

Ethic of ascetic effort

Company store

Debt peonage

Slater's Mill


Market Revolution

Second Great Awakening

Shareholding republic

Slavery's capitalism


Lucretia Mott

Lucy Stone

Seneca Falls

Women's sphere

Abigail Adams

Female Education

Cult of domesticity


William Lloyd Garrison

Frederick Douglass

The Liberator

Moral suasion

Elijah Lovejoy



Wage slaves

Social slavery


John C. Calhoun

Free labor ideology

Free soil

Chattel slavery

Gag rule

Slave Power


White trash


Black family

New Orleans slave market

Slave religion

Nat Turner

Virginia Debate

Br’er Rabbit


Plantation women




Mexican War

James K. Polk

"Civil Disobedience"

Wilmot Proviso

Manifest Destiny

Popular Sovereignty

Henry Clay

Daniel Webster

Omnibus bill

Fugitive Slave Act



Stephen Douglas

Compromise of 1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Transcontinental RR

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Border ruffians

John Brown


Caning of Charles Sumner

Irrepressible conflict

Blundering generation

Synthetic interpretation

Virility contest/honor


Franklin Pierce


James Buchanan

Dred Scott

Lecompton Constitution

Slave Codes

Black Republicans

House Divided Speech

Lincoln-Douglas debates

Free Soil Democrats


Election of 1860

John C. Breckenridge

John Brown

Secret six

Harper's Ferry