Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Constitutional Questions of States' Rights, Secession and Slavery

The Constitutional Questions of States' Rights, Secession and Slavery

Author H.W. Brands discussed the Constitutional question of states' Rights and secession. He spoke about how the framers of the Constitution created vague provision relating to secession and slavery. He discussed how the generation of lawmakers in the 1800s had to address these issues.

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Author H.W. Brands discussed the Constitutional question of states' Rights and secession. He spoke about how the framers of the Constitution created vague provisions relating to secession and slavery. He discussed how the generation of lawmakers in the 1800s had to address these issues.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Why did South Carolina threaten to leave the Union in the 1830s? How is this similar to the reasons for the American Revolution?
  • Explain John C. Calhoun's theory about the creation of the Union. How did this relate to the argument for states being able to secede from the Union?
  • Why is the Constitution vague about the issue of secession?
  • Explain the other fundamental flaw that Mr. Brands mentions. Why was this not addressed at the Constitutional Convention?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Constitutional Convention
    • Escape Clause
    • John C. Calhoun
    • Secession
    • Slavery
    • Tariff

    Topics

    Constitutional FoundationFederalism and State IssuesState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity