Popular Sovereignty: Definition & Examples


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Slavery erupted as a divisive issue after the Mexican-American War over the question of:

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1. The suggestion that slavery should be barred from the territory gained by the war with Mexico was made by:

2. The original advocate of organizing new territories on the basis of popular sovereignty was:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The concept of popular sovereignty developed in the 19th century as a means of dealing with new US territories and the issues of slavery. The quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you understand the details concerning the issues facing an expanding United States.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Important leaders of the US during the 19th century
  • Slavery after the Mexican-American War
  • Advocacy for new territories and popular sovereignty
  • Terminology describing popular sovereignty

Skills Practiced

These tools will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the expansion of the United States in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about 19th-century American leaders

Additional Learning

Take the time to review the lesson Popular Sovereignty: Definition & Examples so that you can be sure that you have covered all of the relevant material. These objectives will be covered in the lesson:

  • Understand the issues facing the expanding United States
  • Discover the issue of slavery after the Mexican-American War
  • Identify the key figures of this issue and period
  • Know the relationship of popular sovereignty and the new territories of the US