Describe and analyze the role geography played in dividing the nation in the years before the start of the Civil War (from the 1790s to 1861).
This is an analysis that requires you to consider geography as the tool of analysis in understanding the history of the period. You may consider the roles geography played beyond the political in your analysis. Be sure to have a mixture of big/broad ideas and specific/detailed evidence in your argument. Don’t forget the basics of “what happened where and why it happened there” as you think about the key roles geography played.