SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1049: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1049

4. David Wilmot, author of the Wilmot Proviso (1846), was a congressman from

A. California.
B. South Carolina.
C. Pennsylvania.
D. North Carolina.
E. Kansas.

Correct Answer: C


Pennsylvania Democrat David Wilmot wrote a proviso quoted at the beginning of this chapter, which passed in the House but failed in the Senate. It was a statement of the Free Soil position. By and large, Northerners were against the expansion of slavery to the west, and Southerners were not. Thus, Southern states North and South Carolina are not good answers, and California and Kansas were not states in 1846.

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