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. Slave recruits were generally __________ able to lead as the widely lacked skills and experience.

2. Slave rebellions started with small scale departures for ___________ lines.

3. Some ___________ began pooling their resources in hopes of buying or leasing land that had been confiscated.

4. The majority of ______________ lived in the rural South during this particular time period of the book.

5. The Union League was formed to rally public support for ________ and the war effort.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was viewed as the best way to guarantee the freedom of the slaves?

3. Why did the Union League spread rapidly through the plantation belt at the time?

4. How did the freed men respond to the new extension of the right to vote?

5. Why are books which focus on shorter time periods of African American history not effective?

6. What were some of the activities that slaves participated in which seemed to be threatening and rebellious?

7. What is the African American David Medlock help to organize in Texas?

8. What happened on July fourth of 1865 which had not happened in years?

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

10. What did the slaveholders and the slaves of the 1850s think about the Republican Party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even before there was a presidential election, many slaves were convinced they were going to be free soon.

Part 1: Why do you think the slaves believed the rumors that they were going to be free?

Part 2: Do you think the slaves actually got their freedom because of Lincoln? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why is freedom so important to the slaves at this particular time?

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 the democracy of the United States was built on violence and oppression.

Part 1: Why do you think the African Americans believed this statement to be true?

Part 2: How might African Americans have dealt with the idea of democracy being a violent process?

Part 3: Do you agree with the statement that democracy was built on violence in the United States? Why or why not?

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