American Paradox: Freedom & Slavery in the Early Republic

It is important for government and history students to recognize the paradox of the spread of slavery at a time when the founding fathers discussed constitutional freedoms. After reading several primary source documents, class members discuss the extent to which Washington and Madison address slavery. Next, half of the class determines how slavery became an accepted part of the Constitution, while the other half generates and explanation for the necessity of compromise on the issue of slavery. Groups present using posters, speeches, panel discussions, or multimedia presentations. The objectives here are excellent, and the primary source documents are rich. Consider providing students with additional parameters to increase their confidence and likelihood for success.

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7th - 12th
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3 days
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