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The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why did Stephen Douglas support the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854? Why did Abraham Lincoln oppose it? Young historians examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 affected the political balance between free and slave states and explore how...
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Sojourner Truth- Mini Biography

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Young historians discover the history of a famed fugitive slave, abolitionist, and women's rights activist in this brief and engaging video on Sojourner Truth.
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On This Day: Publication Of Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Uncle Tom's Cabin was written to expose the evils of slavery. Published in 1852 by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe to demonstrate the terrors and reality of slavery African Americans were experiencing. The interesting resource...
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John Quincy Adams- Mini Biography

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
From his extensive experience working with his father and founding father of the United States, John Adams, to an expertise in foreign policy and abolitionist work on the Amistad case, introduce your young historians to the rich...
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Women's History Minute: Sojourner Truth

For Students 6th - 12th
A short video introduces viewers to an abolitionist, women's rights activist, and former enslaved person, Sojourner Truth. The video showcases the importance of her "Ain't I A Woman speech."
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 8th - 12th
Harriet Beecher Stowe's passion for abolitionism culminated when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, forcing Northern states to become complicit in the act of slavery. A short video dramatizes the events preceding the...
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Two Tickets to Freedom

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe Ellen and William Craft's journey to freedom. They identify the costs and benefits of the Crafts' decision to run away. Students are shown a picture of Ellen Craft and are asked to describe the picture. They are...
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students develop computer research skills while searching facts about Harriet Tubman. Students learn about ways in which Harriet Tubman's childhood influenced her future. Students learn to use primary documents to learn about the...
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Two Views of the Slave Ship Brookes

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Actual ship diagrams and a table of voyage data gives young historians an authentic glimpse of on-board experiences during the Atlantic Slave Trade. The class examines a projected diagram of the slave ship Brooks, recording thoughts....
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Antebellum Revivalism and Reform

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A gold mine for American history teachers, this presentation cascades through the middle of the 19th century with the central themes of moral and social reform. Between the blossoming Mormon church, the tightening of the Temperance...
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Movement and Music: An Introduction to Slavery

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a slavery timeline. They identify key leaders in the anti-slavery movement. Students are asked what they can recall about slavery. They review the following vocabulary words slavery, spirituals, abolitionists, and...
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Exploring the Life of a Slave

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore importance of abolitionists who worked to advance freedoms of black Americans prior to/during Reconstruction era, read and identify key concepts in Frederick Douglass's narrative, recognize how Douglass's slave...
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Trial of John Brown, 1857

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine how John Brown's 1857 trial related to conflicting viewpoints on slavery, view perspectives of radical abolitionists, moderate abolitionists, and slave owners, and form their own opinions on issue of slavery.
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This Guilty Land

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars read and discuss several informational cards about John Brown, the historical context he lived in and his abolitionist cause. They complete a character chart and write an epitaph that conveys their opinion of his actions.
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Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students listen to Anne Rockwell's picture book biography of Sojourner Truth to learn about this famous abolitionist/feminist as well as slave life in New York. Students make predictions about the book as it is read aloud. Students...
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Defenders of Justice

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners research abolitionists, civil rights advocates, and their allies to learn about racism and justice. In this racism and justice lesson, students define justice and sing a song about activism. Learners review the biographies...
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A Debate Against Slavery

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Slavery is a serious topic that can be challenging for middle schoolers to study. Young scholars can see firsthand through primary sources what occurred during that time period in the United States. The third of five lessons provides...
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin: George’s Speech

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sometimes it takes a work of fiction to demonstrate nonfictional tragedies and events. George, an escaped slave, describes to Mr. Wilson the hardships of his life in a short passage from Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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Study Guide- Chapter 12: Road to Civil War

For Students 7th - 11th
Ready to quiz your US History scholars on the road to the civil war? Use this study guide as an outline to prepare them for success as they review for the test. The guide is split into six sections: vocabulary, important places/events,...
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Slavery and Abolition: Three Unforgettable Names

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students research the people and events involved in the abolitionist movement prior to the U.S. Civil War. They read about and discuss the roles of Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown. Students complete a word splash, Venn...
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The Abolitionist Movement

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine a petition presented by the Quakers to the Delaware General Assembly in 1785 and an anti-slavery broadside published in 1836.
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Abraham Lincoln- Mini Biography

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What qualities made Abraham Lincoln a successful president? Invite young historians to learn about the personal and political background of one of the greatest presidents in United States history. 
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History Scene Investigators - John Brown's Raid

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
An informative resource covers the event of John Brown's Raid, an event that became an important part of West Virginia history. It serves as a standalone and covers the event and John Brown's life in depth using group work, online...
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Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Countless peaceful protests occur in a healthy democracy, thanks to the forefathers of civil disobedience. Teach pupils about the importance of civil disobedience and a powerful minority with a video on Henry David Thoreau, which...

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