Abolition of Slavery in the USA 02
Abraham Lincoln was president at the time of abolition.

Abolition of Slavery in the USA 02

This KS3 History quiz takes a second look at abolition of slavery in the USA. The majority of slaves in the USA were Africans. Slavery in the United States was abolished in 1865 with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Today, slavery in any form is illegal in most countries. In the USA, the road to the abolition of slavery was long and hard. There was a lot less slavery in the northern states and by the nineteenth century, many people living in the north wanted slavery to be abolished. A strong abolition movement developed. One leading figure of the movement, Frederick Douglass, was born as a slave but escaped to freedom when he was 20 years old. He became a writer and speaker against slavery.

By the end of the 18th century, free slaves and northerners who were against slavery were helping slaves escape from the south. They did this via a network of safe houses that were termed the Underground Railroad. This was one of the things that caused tension between the north and the south even before the Civil War began - the southerners saw this as being an attempt to take away a system that supported their way of life.

  1. Who escaped from slavery and led black Americans in the nineteenth century?
    He had taught himself to read and write
  2. The American Civil War began in which year?
    The anti-slavery north versus the slave-owning south
  3. Who was elected President of the Confederate states?
    He was the one and only president of the Confederate States as they lost the Civil War and had to re-join the United States
  4. The northern states were known as what?
    That is because they represented the regions that had remained part of the United States
  5. Which was NOT a Union state?
    Alabama is a southern state and supported slavery at the time of the Civil War
  6. In what year did the USA abolish slavery?
    It took many more years for the abolition to significantly improve the lives of slaves
  7. Who was President at the time of abolition?
    He took office as President in March 1861
  8. Freedom for the slaves was also known as what?
    The Emancipation Proclamation set free the slaves in the Confederate states
  9. The North won the Civil War in which year?
    It is estimated that between 800,000 and one million people died during the American Civil War, that is about 550 to 600 people killed each day of the conflict
  10. Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned slavery?
    The 14th and 15th Amendments also relate to the rights of former slaves

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