The Corwin Amendment: Summary & Analysis


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Why was President James Buchanan, not Abraham Lincoln, trying to preserve the Union in early 1861?

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1. At its most basic, what does the Corwin Amendment state?

2. Slavery was one of the main issues being addressed by Corwin's amendment. What was the other?

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What was addressed in the Corwin Amendment? What did lawmakers ultimately hope to achieve with this amendment? You can quickly assess your ability to answer these types of questions once you access this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To help you assess what you know, you will answer questions covering your ability to identify:

  • Why James Buchanan, not Lincoln, was trying to preserve the Union in early 1861
  • What is stated in the Corwin Amendment
  • One of two main issues addressed in the Corwin Amendment
  • The goal of the amendment
  • What happened to the amendment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding why the Corwin Amendment was introduced and what it stated
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the political attempt to avert the Civil War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what it was hoped the amendment would achieve and its ultimate fate

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  • What was happening with the Southern states that led to the development of the amendment
  • Who sponsored the proposed amendment and what the amendment said
  • The meaning of the Corwin Amendment
  • When it was introduced and how far it made it to ratification