SAT Subject US History Practice Question 280: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 280

81. Which source would give a historian the most accurate information about race relations in the Mississippi Valley in the years after the Civil War?

A. A copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
B. The song lyrics of Stephen Foster
C. The diary of the governor of Arkansas during that period
D. Tax rolls of the region
E. Records of local and state laws of the region

Correct Answer: E


The other choices would all give some insight into the question, but the laws of the time and place would provide the most accurate data on the status of the races.

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