Archive for October, 2012

Authors, artists, scientists from this unit

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Benjamin Franklin
Knickerbocker Group
Washington Irving
William Makepeace Thackeray
James Fenimore Cooper
William Cullen Bryant
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Walt Whitman
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Greenleaf Whittier
James Russell Lowell
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Louisa May Alcott
Emily Dickinson
Edgar Allen Poe
William Gilmore Simms
Herman Melville
George Bancroft
William H. Prescott
Francis Parkman

Edward Everett
Gilbert Sruart
Charles Willson Peale
John Trumbull
Hudson River School

Nathaniel Bowditch
Matthew Maury
Benjamin Silliman
Louis Agassiz
Asa Gray
John J. Audubon

Depiction of the Middle Passage from Amistad

Shocking. From the movie Amistad.

Chart for writers, artists, and scientists in Chapters 15 (and 16)

I would suggest you organize the people you include by type– you can run off multiple copies of this if you need to– and make one section for writers, one for artists, and one for scientists. This might be helpful to help you in English class. The only chapter 16 writer you should include here is Harriet Beecher Stowe. We will work on this together in class on Monday.

I’ve done an example for you. Make sure you include schools or groups (like Knickerbocker Group or Transcendentalist) if the artist is a member of one.

Authors, Artists chart ch. 15 ex

PS– This is my 1,000th post!!!!

The Cumberland Road

This will be good for some easy points of EXTRA CREDIT on Wednesday, October 31 . Bring the answers with you to class. I will NOT take this late.

Go to this site ( by History Magazine and read the article on the importance of the Cumberland, or National Road.
1. Why was the road so important?
2. Explain the economic impact of the road.
3. How did the road help American expansion?
4. Who was Henry Clay (you may have to do research or recall this information– it’s not in the article) and why did he support the construction of the road?
5. Where, exactly, was the Road?

Links for further information:
The Building of the Cumberland Road


Remember, the test over 11-13 is tomorrow, and chapter 14 is due on Tuesday.

Stoopid schedule weirdness. I hope y’all did well on the PSAT.

Practice MC questions 11-13 Test

1. Which president is most associated with the Era of Good Feelings?
A. Thomas Jefferson
B. Andrew Jackson
C. James Monroe
D. Martin van Buren
E. John Quincy Adams

2. Which of the following Supreme Court decisions directly established the federal government’s right to regulate commerce?
A. Gibbons v. Ogden
B. McCulloch v. Maryland
C. Plessy v. Ferguson
D. Schenck v. United States
E. Marbury v. Madison

3. Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE about the Missouri Compromise?
A. Slavery was outlawed north of the 36° 30′ line in the Louisiana Territory except for Missouri.
B. Maine was admitted to the Union as a free state.
C. Missouri was admitted to the Union as a slave state.
D. It used the Missouri River as the dividing line between slave and free territory.
E. It was negotiated predominantly by Henry Clay.

4. Which of the following was NOT a provision of the original Monroe Doctrine?
A. The United States would use military intervention in the Americas if needed.
B. The United States would not intervene in European wars and conflicts.
C. European intervention in the Americas would be viewed as a threat to American security.
D. The Americas were politically different from Europe.
E. The Western Hemisphere was closed to further European colonization.

5. Which of the following statements about the Treaty of Ghent was NOT TRUE?
A. It was signed by Britain and the US.
B. It settled the border disputes involving the Louisiana Territory.
C. It failed to address British impressment policy.
D. It did not address freedom of the seas.
E. It ended the War of 1812.

6. As chief justice, John Marshall helped ensure that
A. Aaron Burr was convicted of treason.
B. the political and economic systems were based on a strong central government.
C. states’ rights were protected.
D. both the Supreme Court and the president could declare a law unconstitutional.
E. the programs of Alexander Hamilton were overturned.

7. The delegates of the Hartford Convention adopted resolutions that included a call for
A. a separate peace treaty between New England and the British.
B. South Carolina’s secession from the Union.
C. war with England on the basis of interference with merchant shipping.
D. the dissolution of the Federalist party on the grounds of collaboration with the enemy.
E. a Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote in Congress before war was declared.

8. Which of the following was a major result of the Supreme Court’s decision in McCulloch v. Maryland?
A. It stated that the national bank was illegal.
B. It addressed Native American territorial rights.
C. It prevented states from interfering with business contracts.
D. It reinforced the principle that the state governments could not override the federal government.
E. It established the federal government’s right to regulate interstate commerce.

9. The Webster-Hayne debate of 1830 centered on the subject of
A. reform of the spoils system.
B. state nullification of federal laws.
C. the settlement of Missouri as a slave state.
D. the morality of slavery.
E. presidential veto power.

10. New England opposed the American System’s federally constructed roads because
A. canals were a superior method of transportation.
B. the Democratic-Republicans favored them.
C. they cost too much.
D. they were poorly constructed.
E. they would drain away needed population to the West.

11. Macon’s Bill No. 2
A. repealed the Embargo Act of 1807.
B. forbade American ships from leaving port for any destination whatsoever, including other American ports.
C. forbade American trade with Britain and France but offered to open trade with either country if they would declare a ceasefire in their war.
D. permitted trade with all nations but promised that is either Britain or France lifted its restrictions on American trade, the US would stop trading with the other.
E. halted trade with Britain.

12. Lewis and Clark’s expedition produced all of the following EXCEPT
A. treaties with several Indian nations.
B. knowledge of the Indians of the region.
C. a rich harvest of scientific information.
D. maps.
E. hair-raising adventure stories.

13. Supporters of the Whig party included all of the following EXCEPT
A. many evangelical Protestants.
B. backers of southern states’ rights.
C. opponents of public education.
D. backers of the American System.
E. large northern industrialists.

Excellent Review of Jackson’s Presidency and Impact

Go here:

There is a great summary on the page to which I linked, as well as other resources that you should examine. His presidency is considered to be a pivotal time in American expansion and politics.