Thursday, March 19, 2015

Election Results Reflected Opinions on Slavery! AAHHHHHHHHHHH (mind blown)

This week in history class I learned about the election of 1860. My group and I answered the question of how the election of 1860 showed deep divisions over slavery. I analyzed the results of the election and the candidate's different ideas in order to answer this question. I learned that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican who didn't like slavery and wanted to control it. Bell wanted to preserve the constitution and the union without changing slavery laws. Breckenridge believed that there should be no limits put on slavery, and Douglas thought that the expansion of slavery should rely on popular sovereignty. My group and I then wrote a script and found pictures so that we could create a video to display our knowledge about the election of 1860. Here is our video:


The Harper's Ferry Insurrection [John Brown, Now Under Sentence of Death for Treason and Murder, at Charleston, VA.]
The Seceding South Carolina Delegation
December 22, 1860
Mathew Brady
Our Banner in the Sky
Frederic Edwin Church
Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Civil War Has Lots Of Big Numbers!

          This week in history class we learned about the statistics of the Civil War. I used a website called Infogram to display all the data that I learned in class in an easy and simple layout. Here is my Infogram.

           I used charts in my Infogram that show how the North dominated all the statistics concerning numbers. I tried to follow a logical thought process when I decided on the order that I put my data in. I started by representing key points of data in large charts and tables and then went over each individual advantage that each side had. The infogram helped me truly realize the condition at the start of the civil war with it's tables and charts. These representations are much easier to comprehend than a bunch of numbers.


Thursday, March 5, 2015


    As America grew during the early 19th century it faced many problems. While there were many unique issues that the American government had to solve during this time period, they all had the underlying theme of slavery. This week in history class I created a timeline that shows the events with underlying roots to slavery during early 19th century America. The timeline contains short descriptions of the events and includes many pictures of the people and events. Events that are considered to be anti-slavery are placed below the timeline, and events that are pro-slavery are above the timeline. Slavery was undoubtedly the “elephant in the room” in early 19th century politics.

Here is our timeline.
    The Missouri compromise of 1820 designated 11 states as slave states, and the remaining 11 states as free states. This even split was essential because it guaranteed that free states and slave states would have an equal number of members in the senate. It was also established that all land north of 36 degrees by 30 minutes latitude line will forever be free states.
    The gold rush of 1849 brought a sudden increase in population to California. This population surge caused California to request to join the union as a free state. Henry Clay, a member of the Senate and the House of Representatives feared that if California joined the union it would destroy the delicate balance between the pro-slavery, and free states. Clay fixed this problem with a 5-Part compromise.

    The 5-part compromise that Henry Clay created maintained the balance between the power of free and slave state power. Firstly, Clay stated that all the land that was won in the war with Mexico can decide whether or not to allow slavery based on popular sovereignty. California was also admitted as a free state. Also included in the deal was that Texas has to give up its disputed land in exchange for 10 million dollars, which were to be used to pay off a debt to Mexico. The compromise also mentioned that slave trade would be abolished in the District of Columbia, but slavery would still be allowed. The fugitive slave act was the final, and the most controversial out of all of the 5-part compromise.

Here is a map illustrating the Compromise of 1850.
    The Fugitive Slave act was disastrous for former slaves trying to start a new life in the northern United States. During the course of 10 years, 20,000 blacks moved to neighboring countries because of this act. The Fugitive Slave Act required all citizens of the United States to help in the recovery of fugitive slaves. These poor slaves were also deprived of the right to have a trial by jury.

    Many key changes were made to the United States during the early 19th century that sought to address “the elephant in the room.” Slavery is a big problem, and it is encouraging to see that out of all of these conflicts the United States ended up abolishing slavery altogether. Hopefully this same result will happen with the rest of the world in the near future.


App Used To Make Timeline