The DBQ Process

Sample DBQ Question:

What factors led to divisions in the United States from 1815-1846?

Sample Document 1

It is absolutely true that the economy of the North is being encouraged at the expense of the South…

We believe that it is our States sacred duty to veto and nullify such a tariff law. It is a duty to our State, to the Union, to future generations and to the cause of liberty…

Senator John C. Calhoun, South Carolina


The DBQ Process

Paraphrase what you want to say about the document.  When you're totally done discussing the document, cite it at the end of the sentence in parentheses.

The conflict between state and federal power caused a major division in America from 1815-1846. Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina spoke strongly on behalf of states’ rights, and even said a state had the duty to nullify a law it disagreed with (Doc. 1).



1. topic sentence

2. 2 examples

3. cite documents

4.  Analyze:  how do the examples connect to your thesis?

5. transitional sentence


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