SAT Subject US History Practice Question 21: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 21

1. Why did the Northern delegates allow the removal from the Declaration of Independence a passage referring to the slave trade as a "cruel war against human nature"?

A. They supported the slave trade.
B. They were slave owners from large plantations.
C. They did not like the implication that they were slaves of the king of Great Britain.
D. They thought the Southerners would not vote for independence if that passage was not removed.
E. They did not believe that this was the right time to free the slaves.

Correct Answer: D


Some Northerners opposed slavery and the slave trade and did not live on large plantations. However, they thought that they had no choice but to give in to the Southerners' demands to remove this passage if they wanted the colonies to become independent.

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