HIUS 390 Midterm

HIUS 390 Midterm Liberty University

Set 1

  1. What was the primary issue the Reform Convention of 1850-1851 was called to discuss?
  2. What was a main cause of disgruntlement for Virginia’s western counties during the antebellum era?
  3. About what percentage of Virginia’s population was enslaved around the middle of the 19thcentury (1800s)?
  4. Who led the most significant slave rebellion in American history during the antebellum era, which greatly impacted the fear Virginian whites had of slave rebellions?
  5. Which was NOT an attempted reform movement in antebellum Virginia?
  6. During the middle of the nineteenth century, what was a factor in advances in higher education?
  7. What nation did America go to war with under President James K. Polk, that resulted in several Virginians militarily distinguishing themselves and a vast growth in the size of the nation?
  8. Which political thought triumphed in Virginia’s new constitution of 1830?
  9. What crop formed the basis of the common man’s diet in Virginia?
  10. What were the largest Protestant denominations in Virginia by the middle of the nineteenth century?
  11. What did Cyrus McCormick’s Virginia reaper ultimately do?
  12. What was NOT one of the factors that caused the family life of slaves to be precarious?
  13. What was the nineteenth century (1800s) revitalization of Christianity in the southern states called?
  14. In Virginia’s sectional differences, what natural boundary marked the dividing line between the traditional thinkers and those desiring reforms to have greater representation?
  15. What was the first stop for the insurrectionists of Turner’s Rebellion?
  16. Which area of Virginia was isolated from the rest by the mid-19th century?
  17. What was the primary competition for early railroads?
  18. Who designed and built an innovative railroad bed through the Great Dismal Swamp beginning in 1853, which was able to withstand immense tonnages of coal traffic that passed through the swamp?
  19. What was Henry Brown’s idea to attempt to escape slavery?
  20. What happened to Henry Brown’s wife and children?
  21. Discuss the contributions James Madison made at the Constitution Convention that left a positive legacy for future Virginians, and those that left a poor legacy.
  22. Discuss some of the events that occurred before 1763 that pushed the Virginians toward war with Great Britain and independence, and explain how they threatened the Virginians’ ability to self rule.
  23. What were some of the key sectional differences in Virginia throughout the antebellum era? How did these differences impact Virginia history?
  24. In what ways did the rhetoric and events of the Revolution make cracks in Virginia’s society concerning racial, gender, and economic expectations?
  25. Using internal improvements, Virginia attempted to connect the Tidewater with the western part of the state in the antebellum years. What were some of the improvements implemented to try to bridge the sectional gap? Why? How did geography impact early Virginia politics, from policies to parties?

Set 2

  1. In the decades preceding the Civil War, what became a major element of a politician’s reputation?
  2. What were the largest Protestant denominations in Virginia by the middle of the nineteenth century?
  3. What was the nineteenth century (1800s) revitalization of Christianity in the southern states called?
  4. What nation did America go to war with under President James K. Polk, that resulted in several Virginians militarily distinguishing themselves and a vast growth in the size of the nation?
  5. What regions of Virginia had the largest percentage of white families who owned slaves?
  6. What was a major factor in the number of Virginia slaves who attempted to run away?
  7. What crop formed the basis of the common man’s diet in Virginia?
  8. What was NOT an important transportation project built in Virginia in the mid-nineteenth century?
  9. What was the primary issue the Reform Convention of 1850-1851 was called to discuss?
  10. During the middle of the nineteenth century, what was a factor in advances in higher education?
  11. What was a main cause of disgruntlement for Virginia’s western counties during the antebellum era?
  12. What did Cyrus McCormick’s Virginia reaper ultimately do?
  13. What was NOT one of the factors that caused the family life of slaves to be precarious?
  14. Who led the most significant slave rebellion in American history during the antebellum era, which greatly impacted the fear Virginian whites had of slave rebellions?
  15. Why did Nat Turner’s insurrection fall apart at Blunt’s farm?
  16. Who designed and built an innovative railroad bed through the Great Dismal Swamp beginning in 1853, which was able to withstand immense tonnages of coal traffic that passed through the swamp?
  17. What was the primary competition for early railroads?
  18. What was the first stop for the insurrectionists of Turner’s Rebellion?
  19. What economic impact did the development of railroads in Virginia have before the Civil War?
  20. What did Henry Brown do after he escaped from slavery?
  21. Discuss the true motives that lay behind Virginian elites’ calls for boycotts against Britain following the Townshend Acts. (In your response, focus on the Virginia-specific motives/concerns the textbook discusses.) What were Britain’s views on taxation rights over the colonies they governed? Was Britain justified in their views?
  22. What were some of the key sectional differences in Virginia throughout the antebellum era? How did these differences impact Virginia history?
  23. In what ways did the rhetoric and events of the Revolution make cracks in Virginia’s society concerning racial, gender, and economic expectations?
  24. Discuss the relations between the Indians and British settlers in the 1600s. How did they view each other, how did they treat each other, and what was the ultimate resolution between the two groups? Be sure to use examples to support your main points.
  25. Using internal improvements, Virginia attempted to connect the Tidewater with the western part of the state in the antebellum years. What were some of the improvements implemented to try to bridge the sectional gap? Why? How did geography impact early Virginia politics, from policies to parties?
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