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I’m studying for my History class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

I’m studying and need help with a History question to help me learn.

Chapter 12 & 13 readings. There were some videos as well that I cannot attach.

Assignment 1:

At lot happens between the end of Andrew Jackson’s last term and the Civil War. Indeed, as you can see, the split between North and South continues to widen steadily during that period. At the same time, there are points where, if different choices were made, the division may not have grown as quickly.

1. Consider the content pages assigned and the readings from Building the American Republic assigned.

MODULE FIVE: North and South: A Dividing Nation (February 1-6)

2. By Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m., write a 250-word reply to the following question: At what point could the growing division have been stopped?

As you think about this question, consider such things as the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas Nebraska Act, all the way up to the election of President Lincoln.

3. Then, by Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 8;00 p.m., respond to two of your fellow students in posts of at least 4 sentences.

Assignment 2:

The Annexation of Texas led to the resurfacing of a split between North and South that would continue to grow. But no one in 1844-1848 understood that. They could not forsee the split. The following discussion exercise is meant for you to gain a deeper understanding of how people of the 1840s viewed their world and political situation.

Imagine that you live in the 1840s and you are a member of the US senate. John Tyler has presented a treaty to the Senate for ratification. This treaty will make Texas a part of the United States and very quickly make it a state.

There are some real concerns to be considered regarding this treaty:

  • Will this treaty bring war with Mexico?
  • If the U.S. annexes Texas, will England intervene on the side of Mexico which has claims on Texas?
  • Will England go to war with the United States in order to abolish slavery in Texas and would it get support in that war from Northern abolitionists?
  • Does the United States have any legal claim to the territory of Texas? Is it part of the Louisiana purchase? Is it part of the sovereign state of Mexico? Is it its own sovereign state? Does the United States have the legal right to annex all or part of a sovereign state?
  • Will this annexation cause greater friction between the North and the South?
  • Will this annexation allow slavery to expand?
  • Will this annexation open new opportunities for trade and growth of the economy?
  • The documents in Texas Annexation Documents.docx provide information that you should use in deciding where you stand on the above questions as a Senator in 1844.
    • Document #1 is a letter from John Tyler to the Senate explaining why Tyler thinks that the Senate should approve the treaty.
    • Document #2 is the treaty that John Tyler proposes.
    • Document #3 is a letter with some intelligence about England’s stance in regard to the U.S. annexation of Texas.
    • Document #4 is a speech by an English Lord expressing his desire to see the abolition of slavery in Texas
    • Document #5 is a letter from Andrew Jackson urging the annexation of Texas
    • Document #6 is an article on how annexing Texas could affect the balance of power in the United StatesNOTE: In order to do this exercise effectively, you need to “forget” that Texas became a state and imagine that you are trying to make the decision. So try to think as if you were in 1844, not 2021.
    1. Read the Texas Annexation Documents.
    2. Consider the following questions in light of what you read in the Texas Annexation Documents:
      • Will this treaty bring war with Mexico?
      • If the U.S. annexes Texas, will England intervene on the side of Mexico which has claims on Texas?
      • Will England go to war with the United States in order to abolish slavery in Texas and would it get support in that war from Northern abolitionists?
      • Does the United States have any legal claim to the territory of Texas? Is it part of the Louisiana purchase? Is it part of the sovereign state of Mexico? Is it its own sovereign state?
      • Will this annexation cause greater friction between the North and the South?
      • Will this annexation allow slavery to expand?
      • Will this annexation open new opportunities for trade and growth of the economy?
    3. By Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 9:00 p.m, write a 250-word reply to the following prompt:
      • Using the Texas Annexation Documents, explain the pros and cons of annexing Texas from the point of view of a Senator in 1844 and then explain how you would vote on the Treaty of annexation and why you would vote that way.
    4. By Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 9:00 p.m., post replies to two of your fellow students that are each a minimum of 4 sentences in length. Reply as if you were a senator from 1844. Please also provide responses to the screenshots attached. Thank you so much.

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