SAT Subject US History Practice Question 812: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 812

73. Which statement most closely reflects William Lloyd Garrison's view of slavery?

A. The only solution to the slavery question is a federal slave code.
B. Slavery must immediately be abolished in all areas of the United States.
C. There should be no extension of slavery to the territories in the West.
D. The question of slavery should be settled by popular sovereignty.
E. The question of slavery in the territories of the West should be decided in the future.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

William Lloyd Garrison wanted the immediate abolition of slavery throughout the United States. The creation of a national slave code (A) was advocated by John C. Breckinridge in the election of 1860. The idea of no extension of slavery to the territories in the West (C) was supported by Abraham Lincoln. Popular sovereignty (D) was the solution to the slavery question offered by Stephen Douglas, and leaving questions of slavery to be decided in the future (E) was John Bell's position.

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