SAT Subject US History Practice Question 541: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 541

72. Some historians date the start of the Civil War to April 1861 when

A. John Brown led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry
B. South Carolina seceded from the United States
C. Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina
D. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation
E. Union troops laid siege to Richmond, Virginia

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

The official start of the war was the attack on Fort Sumter.

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