The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits


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What were the two major issues on which the Democrats could not agree?

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1. A person who was more concerned about preserving the Union than slavery and states' rights would LIKELY be a member of what party?

2. The northern and southern democrats just couldn't agree on a nomination for president. Therefore, two conventions were held and the northerners selected _____ as their nomination, and the southerners selected _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the 1860 Democratic National Convention. Topics you'll be assessed on include presidential candidates of various Democratic parties in the 1860 election as well as the primary concerns of the Constitutional Union Party.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Two major issues on which the Democrats couldn't agree
  • Northern and Southern Democrats' 1860 presidential candidates
  • Concerns of the Constitutional Union Party
  • Presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the presidential candidates of the Northern and Southern Democrats in 1860
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Constitutional Union Party's concerns in the 1860 presidential election
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about issues that separated the Democratic party in the 1860 election

Additional Learning

To learn more about presidential history, review the accompanying lesson, The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Relate two issues that split the Democratic Party in the 1860 presidential election
  • Know the 1860 presidential candidates of the following parties: Northern Democrats, Southern Democrats, and Constitutional Union
  • Compare and contrast the two Democratic conventions of 1860
  • Understand the impact the split within the Democratic party had on the results of the 1860 presidential election