SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1047: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1047

2. The gag rule was favored the most by

A. Northerners.
B. Southerners.
C. Whigs.
D. Democrats.
E. Anti-Masons.

Correct Answer: B


The gag rule (1836–1844) suppressed the discussion of petitions regarding slavery (usually abolitionist petitions to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C.) in the House of Representatives. Southerners were the gag rule's strongest supporters. Anti-Masons had no strong position on slavery, and Democrats and Whigs could be from the North or the South and, thus, did not all agree on this issue. However, some Northern Democrats voted for the gag order because they feared discussion of this issue would divide Congress and not allow other business to get done.

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