A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. By the summer of 1867, complaints about the armed ____________ of freed people grew in volume and scope.

2. The time period of the book is a time when African American men won and lost the right to __________.

3. Southern slaveholders tried to encourage and organize communities centered on the ____________.

4. Almost 150,000 African Americans ended up fighting for the which army during the Civil War?

5. Slaves in the South began to gain ________ for themselves as well as looser standards.

Short Essay Questions

1. To where did some of the free people want to immigrate in order to return to their home countries?

2. By the mid nineteenth century, how did the slaves of the South begin to change the slave-master relationship?

3. What did Congress allow the federal government to do during the time of the reconstruction?

4. Why does Hahn focus on the rural South within the course of this book?

5. What did the Friends of Universal Suffrage want to attain with their organization?

6. What are the two main ideas which Hahn's book seeks to suggest?

7. What did slaves believe was imminent because of the election of a certain president?

8. Who was included in the processions of freed black slaves as they marched through town?

9. What happened as a result of the Confederate government becoming more organized?

10. How did slaveholders begin to strike back at the prospect of millions of freed slaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many slaves began to simply rebel against their masters, taking their freedom into their own hands.

Part 1: Why do you think slaves felt they needed to resort to violence in some cases to obtain their freedom?

Part 2: How might you have escaped your master if you wanted to be free?

Part 3: Do you think it would have been more effective to sit down and talk with a slave owner about obtaining freedom? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of community is one that began to be quite important to African Americans after they gained freedom from slavery.

Part 1: How does a community benefit its individual members?

Part 2: Why would a community be important to newly freed slaves?

Part 3: How might a community allow African Americans the chance to obtain the rights they deserve?

Essay Topic 3

African Americans realized that in order to affect chance in society, they needed to become a part of the system.

Part 1: Why is it important to be involved in government and in politics?

Part 2: How do you think newly freed African Americans felt about holding positions of power?

Part 3: Why do you think African Americans were successful in gaining positions of power?

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