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Chapter 16: Slavery Divides a Nation
The road to war is never easily understood and needs to be prefaced with a look at all the issues involved. Prepare your learners for a unit on the Civil War with an in-depth look at the policies, politics, and state vs. state arguments that started the American Civil War. Slavery laws, court cases, political debates, and legislature are all discussed.
Slavery and the Slave Trade
What would it have been like to have heard the debate on the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention of 1787? With this resource, you are given the opportunity to read through a reconstruction of speeches on the topic with your class. After assigning your class members roles in the debate, read through the transcript together and ask guiding questions along the way to clarify the different arguments that are being raised.
Looking at Human Struggle Through The Language Arts Curriculum: The Faces of Slavery
Sixth graders examine the use of slavery in the United States. Using a map, they draw the route of the Tecora and Amistad voyages. Individually, they write an essay describing their opinions on whether the Africans on the ships should be able to go free. They write a journal entry role-playing as someone on the ships and re-write one of the books in the form of a cartoon or children's book to end the lesson.
How Did Slavery Impact Our Nation?
Fifth graders closely examine the effects of slavery on American society giving special emphasis to the issue of social injustice, the life of Harriet Tubman, the underground railroad and the achievements of Abraham Lincoln during this month long unit. Students conduct research, write fictional accounts of historical events, recreate an underground railroad at their school and participate in role playing activities.
Slavery: Past, Present and Future
Sixth graders explore the history of racism by analyzing legal documents. In this slavery lesson, 6th graders collaborate in small groups to read the Alabama Slavery Codes from the 1800's and discuss their relevance to today's society. Students utilize the web to research slavery further and complete a worksheet.
George Washington Stood Here… On the Issue of Slavery
Students research George Washington's stance on slavery. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that reveal the relationship between Washington and his slaves at Mount Vernon.
Before Brother Fought Brother: A Debate Against Slavery
Students argue against slavery using evidence gathered from archival documents. They analyze documents, describe documents, and tell what is revealed about African American's quality of life.
A Look at Slavery through Posters and Broadsides
Fifth graders examine posters and broadsides to discover attitudes about slavery in the 1800s. Using each poster, they identify the audience and the message being portrayed. They discuss if those posters would have influenced them to support the message given.
Fifth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about World War II, the transcontinental railroad, slavery, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Slavery Past and Present
Research characteristics of slavery during the 19th century by reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also view several informational texts, pictures, story illustrations, and primary source documents. Pupils write an expository paper describing 19th-century slavery and create a PowerPoint presentation or poster board display.
Images of Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Pictures and photographs can help us foster greater connections and a deeper understanding of a historical time period. After closely analyzing several images that depict slavery and the Underground Railroad, your class will have the opportunity to then use their creative skills to write a narrative from the perspective of a historical character in the images.
Slavery and the Legal Status of Free Blacks: Rhetorical Analysis of Debates During the 1847 Illinois Constitutional Convention
Eleventh graders read actual arguments regarding the status of free blacks in Illinois and slavery in the United States more generally.
Interracial "Harmony" and the Great Awakening
Can religion cure the social ills of slavery and racism? To answer this question, researchers review what they know about George Whitefield, Lyman Beecher, Charles Finney, Jonathan Edwards, and the Great Awakenings. Then they read William Henry Singleton’s Recollections of My Slavery Days and A.W. Wayman’s My Recollections of African M. E. Ministers. Using a primary document question sheet to focus their reading, class members read and discuss these two primary source documents before crafting their own sermon on the question.
Lincoln, the Great Emancipator?
Students examine the motivating factors that prompted Lincoln to draft the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. They examine Lincoln's social and political beliefs, particularly as they pertained to slavery and race in the United States.
Grade 8: Intermediate-Level Social Studies, Booklet 2 Document-Based Question, 2010
In this 8th grade social studies standardized test practice learning exercise, students respond to 1 essay and 10 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.
Women and the Law Ladies of the 80's: 1780's, 1880's, 1980's
Students examine laws that have affected women in history: the 1780's, following the United States independence from England; the 1880's, the time of westward expansion, the silver/gold era, and the coming of the Industrial Revolution.
Representation of the Common Citizen From Declaration of Independence to Present
Students create working definition of common citizen, and investigate and discuss important sections of Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other Amendments. Students demonstrate understanding of events that changed representation in the United States.
Exploring the Triangle Trade and The Middle Passage
Learners explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. In this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.
The Underground Railroad (Grade 8)
Eighth graders experience what it was like to flee from slavery on the Underground Railroad. They improve their understanding of the history of slavery in the US and become familiar with some of the people who fought to end slavery in the United States.
Criminal or Hero
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video Slavery and the Making of America, it is useful even without the video. You will find a plethora of links, ideas, and resources for thoroughly and creatively covering this topic.