| November 2006 Newsletter
"Texas became part of the Mexican Cession"
– America: History of Our Nation (Prentice, 2006), p. A-12, lower left label, lines 2-3
"It [the Compromise of 1850] reopened the question of the expansion of slavery in an area where it had previously been outlawed by the Missouri Compromise."
– America: History of Our Nation (Prentice, 2006), p. 367, bottom margin, "Section 2/Check Your Progress," no. 1(b), Teacher's Edition
Q: "Dred Scott v. Sandford "
– Creating America (McDougal, 2006), p. 470, "Section 3 Assessment," no. 2, chart, row 2
A: "Supreme Court case that undid the Missouri Compromise"
– Creating America (McDougal, 2006), p. 470, bottom margin, "Section 3 Assessment," no. 2, lines 3-5, Teacher's Edition
Since the 1854 Kansas-
Texas was not part of the Mexican Cession. The text itself admits this on p. A-12, map; on p. 332, map; and on p. 333, par. 3, lines 2-5.
"Then, in 1820, Missouri asked to enter the Union as a free state."
– A History of US (Oxford, 2005), Student Study Guide for The New Nation, 1789-1850, p. 41, "CRITICAL THINKING," no. 4
The Kansas-Nebraska Act – not the Compromise of 1850 – repealed the Missouri Compromise.
Jay's Treaty was silent on impressment.
"Jay Treaty – This treaty with England resolves … the seizing of American sailors at sea."
– A History of US (Oxford, 2005), Teaching Guide for The New Nation, 1789-1850, p. 115, "1794"
Missouri sought admission to the Union as a slave state, not a free state. The text itself admits this on The New Nation, 1789-1850: p. 154, par. 6, lines 1-2. That request came in 1818, not 1820.
Q: "Explain how each of the following relates to manifest destiny. …
A: "Compromise allowed the admission of Texas as a state."
– A History of US (Oxford, 2005), Teaching Guide Answer Key on p. 142 of Teaching Guide for Liberty for All?, 1820-1860, col. 1, "CHECK-UP 2," no. 3(b)
U.S. acquisition of Texas did not result from the Mexican War. The U.S. annexed Texas in 1845. The Mexican War began in 1846. The text itself admits (p. 410, map) that Texas was not part of the 1848 Mexican Cession.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand,' he [Lincoln] declared in a debate with Douglas."
– United States History (Holt, 2006), p. 477, par. 3, lines 2-4
"The U.S. victory [in the Mexican War] leads to the acquisition of Texas …."
– Creating America (McDougal, 2006), p. 389a, row 4, col. 2, "SECTION 3 - KEY IDEAS," bullet 3, lines 1-2, Teacher's Edition
Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech to the Illinois State Republican Convention that nominated him for Senator in 1858, not during a debate with Douglas.
Texas was annexed by a congressional resolution in 1845, not by the 1820 Missouri Compromise.
"What area of government spending was likely to increase greatly when property taxes were cut?"
– The American Journey (Glencoe, 2006), p. 813, right margin, "Making Inferences," lines 1-4, Teacher's Edition
Tax cuts tend to decrease – not increase – government spending.
"Ask students to name … one compromise that occurred as Americans met to create the Constitution. (… add Bill of Rights later)"
– The American Journey (Glencoe, 2006), p. 200, left margin, "Review The Big Idea," lines 4-14, Teacher's Edition
Q: "How would you describe the impact of the 14th, 15th, and 16th Amendments on life in the United States?"
– Creating America (McDougal, 2006), p. 279, "CRITICAL THINKING," no. 4
A: "African Americans slowly gained civil rights and political power."
– Creating America (McDougal, 2006), p. 279, bottom margin, "CRITICAL THINKING," no. 4, lines 1-2, Teacher's Edition
There was no compromise agreement at the Constitutional Convention to "add [a] Bill of Rights later." That agreement occurred during the subsequent ratification process.
"1815 Battle of New Orleans – General Andrew Jackson defeats a British invasion at New Orleans. Neither side knows that the war [of 1812] is over."
– A History of US (Oxford, 2005), Teaching Guide for The New Nation, 1789-1850, p. 119, "1815"
The War of 1812 ended after the Battle of New Orleans, not before. The Treaty of Ghent, signed in December 1814, said the War of 1812 would end when both sides ratified it. The Senate ratified it in February 1815, after Jackson won at New Orleans in January 1815. See Samuel Flagg Bemis, A Diplomatic History of the United States (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1953), p. 169, par. 1, lines 1-5; and also Article 1 of the Treaty itself.
The 16th Amendment, which authorized income taxes, was unrelated to black civil rights and political power.