Lesson Plan

Civil War: Before the War

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Free the slaves! Scholars research primary documents and videos while working together to create abolitionist posters. They examine the John Brown raid as a template to creating their own demonstration. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Role play the John Brown raid on Harper's Ferry
  • Split the class into groups to create different abolition demonstrations and marches
Classroom Considerations
  • Place propaganda posters around the room from other wars as an example of what the assignment entails 
  • The first installment of a 3-part series
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  • Includes printable Abolitionist Research Planner from the resource
  • PBS resources on John Brown and the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War available for classroom use
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