Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy


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Senator James Crittenden believed his 'Crittenden Compromise' would keep the Union together because:

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1. Why did Republicans have an advantage in the 1860 presidential election?

2. Which of the following correctly shows the events in the order in which they occurred?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of the events that led to the formation of the Confederacy will be assessed in this quiz/worksheet combination. Test your understanding of the various persons and the sequence of events of this time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your understanding of:

  • Major event in February 1861
  • The details of the Crittenden Compromise
  • The triggering event for the first state to secede
  • Identifying the president in office prior to Lincoln
  • Facts around the 1860 presidential election

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the formation of the Confederacy in a different light
  • Identifying key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the order of events leading up to the Civil War
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the presidential election of 1860
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Crittenden Compromise

Additional Learning

The American Civil War grew out of a series of events. Review this lesson called Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy to better understand the history behind this difficult era in United States history. This lesson examines:

  • The presidential election of 1860
  • The secession of South Carolina
  • The Crittenden Compromise
  • The happenings at Fort Sumter
  • The formation of the Confederacy