Can Numbers Tell a Story?

- Read the three charts. Make sure you notice what type of information is presented in each chart.
- Read the questions below each chart.
- Answer the questions that follow the charts on the Can Numbers Tell a Story? handout
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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?

 

1. Were country government officials and delegates to the secession conventions more or less likely to own slaves than other white Southerners? What does this tell you about the country government officials and delegates to the secession conventions?
2. Were delegates to the secession conventions more or less likely to own slaves than county government officials?
3. Why do you think such a high percentage of delegates to the secession conventions owned slaves?

 

1. Which state had the highest percentage of slaves in their population?
2. Which state had the highest percentage of white families that owned slaves?
3. What is the relationship between the number of slaves in a state's population and when it seceded from the Union?
4. Why was it an easier decsions to remain in the Union for the states that did?