Discuss the perpetuation and expansion of black slavery in the United States between 1776 and 1860. In other words, what events and situations caused and/or allowed the institution of slavery to continue to exist and spread as the United States population grew and pushed westward.
Midterm Essay Guidelines: For full credit, answers must be written at a college level and in your own words. Do not simply copy the textbook. Be sure to answer the question completely. The response to each midterm essay prompt needs to be no less than 1500 words in length or about 5 pages in 12 point font, double spaced with 1 inch margins.
So, in this essay do not talk about abolition or emancipation; those are limiting or ending slavery.
Rather focus on events and ideas that will cause and allow slavery to spread and continue to be.
Pay attention also to the time frame given in the question—between 1776 and roughly 1860.
So, no need at all to give any background on the beginnings of slavery, just jump right in.
I would probably move chronologically.