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  1. "54 40' or Fight"
  2. Stephen Douglas
  3. Millard Fillmore
  4. Perpetual Union
  5. Franklin Pierce
  1. a 13th president of the United States (1850-53), whose insistence on federal enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 alienated the North and led to the destruction of the Whig Party. Elected vice president in 1848, he became chief executive on the death of President Zachary Taylor (July 1850).
  2. b 14th president of the United States (1853-57). He failed to deal effectively with the corroding sectional controversy over slavery in the decade preceding the American Civil War.
  3. c This concept established the United States of America as a national entity. Under American constitutional law, this concept means that states are not permitted to withdraw from the Union.
  4. d American politician, leader of the Democratic Party, and orator who advocated the cause of popular sovereignty.. He was reelected senator from Illinois in 1858 after a series of eloquent debates with the Republican candidate, Abraham Lincoln, who defeated him in the presidential race two years later.
  5. e This was a slogan used by Polk in his election campaign. It demonstrated the dispute over the Oregon Territory. Part of what they wanted was owned by the British, as they had joint occupation of it. Eventually, they outnumbered the British and won the territory.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The bond among the members of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry that went beyond simple allegiance to their comrades to a true devotion of the regiment itself
  2. 11th president of the United States (1845-49). Under his leadership the United States fought the Mexican War (1846-48) and acquired vast territories along the Pacific coast and in the Southwest.
  3. A U.S. Federal army officer who, after serving through the Mexican War, was promoted to brigadier general in 1861 and put in command of the Department of Northeastern Virginia. During the Civil War, he lost the First Battle of Bull Run and was succeeded by George B. McClellan.
  4. The first Confiscation Act, passed on Aug. 6, 1861, authorized Union seizure of rebel property, and it stated that all slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military services were freed of further obligations to their masters.
  5. Politician who served as vice president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Stephens headed the Confederate commission to the abortive peace conference at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in February 1865. After the fall of the Confederacy (May 1865), Stephens was confined for five months at Fort Warren, Boston.

5 True/False questions

  1. Don Carlos BuellDon Carlos Buell was a United States Army officer. Buell led Union armies in two great Civil War battles—Shiloh and Perryville. The nation was angry at his failure to defeat the outnumbered Confederates after Perryville, or to secure East Tennessee. Buell was relieved of field command in late 1862.


  2. Mexican WarA war between the United States and Mexico (April 1846-February 1848) stemming from the United States' annexation of Texas in 1845. The war—in which U.S. forces were consistently victorious—resulted in the United States' acquisition of more than 500,000 square miles of Mexican territory extending westward from the Rio Grande to the Pacific Ocean.


  3. George B. McClellanA general who skillfully reorganized Union forces, after McDowell was demoted, in the first year of the Civil War, but drew wide criticism for repeatedly failing to press his advantage over Confederate troops.


  4. Ulysses S. Grant11th president of the United States (1845-49). Under his leadership the United States fought the Mexican War (1846-48) and acquired vast territories along the Pacific coast and in the Southwest.


  5. William Lowndes YanceyAmerican southern political leader and "fire-eater" who, in his later years, consistently urged the South to secede in response to Northern antislavery agitation.