Can Numbers Tell a Story?
Study the charts that follow. Answer all questions using complete sentences.
1. Name four advantages the North had at the beginning of the Civil War in 1860?
2. How would these advantages help the North in the war?
3. What area of the country had the highest percentage of income? Why do you think that was?
4. Were Southern politicians (county government officials and secession convention delegates) more or less likely to own slaves than other white Southerners? What does this tell you about Southern politicians?
5. Were delegates to the secession conventions more or less likely to own slaves than county government officials?
6. Why do you think such a high percentage of delegates to the secession conventions owned slaves?
7. Which state had the highest percentage of slaves in their population?
8. Which state had the highest percentage of white families that owned slaves?
9. Was there a relationship between the number of slaves in a state's population and whether and when it seceded from the Union?
10. Why was it an easier decisions to remain in the Union for the states that did?