Politics and Rights
Essential Question: What caused the political revolution?
Essential Question: How did the issue of "Federalism" shape early American politics?
LESSON: Slavery in the Declaration
Complete the Declaration of Independence Activity and the Slavery in the Declaration Activity. Should the founding fathers have worked harder to end slavery?
LESSON: Political and Geographic Divisions
Take notes on the Fugitage Slave and Personal Liberty Laws that led to the division between southern and northern ideologies about the role of the federal government. Then color in the Map of pre-Civil War United States.
Essential Question: How did politics and sectional interests lead to the Civil War?
LESSON: Denmark Vesey
Read the Classic Story of Denmark Vesey.
LESSON: Denmark Vesey Analysis
What do you think happened? Read A New Verdict.
Take notes on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, then read and analyze documents from Lincoln and Douglas' speeches related to the acts in the Kansas-Nebraska Activity.
Who were the people that risked their lives to end slavery? Take notes on the Abolitionists and watch The Abolitionists documentary by PBS.
LESSON: John Brown and Kansas
Watch the John Brown rap, then take notes on John Brown's approach to ending slavery and his reaction to the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Watch a brief clip on John Brown. Complete the John Brown Activity.
LESSON: Lincoln Rises to Power
In class we will discuss Lincoln's path to the presidency and briefly his positions on slavery compared to other contemporaries, specifically Salmon Chase and William Henry Seward.
LESSON: Southern Secession
Does the south have the right to leave? Consider Buchanan and Lincoln's perspective on this issue. Examine Presidential Perspectives on Secession Activity.
LESSON: Civil War
Students take notes on the Union and Confederate strategies during the Civil War and complete the Causes of the Civil War Activity. Complete the Civil War Soldiers Activity.
LESSON: Emancipation Proclamation
Take notes on Ms. Eckert's presentation. Consider, did Lincoln free the slaves? Or did they free themselves? Read the Background on the Emancipation Proclamation. Then complete the Emancipation Activity. Read the perspectives in documents A (the proclamation itself) and B (Fredrick Douglas). Print out and respond to the guiding questions. With a partner, complete the graphic organizer
LESSON: Wartime Politics
Was Lincoln a good president? Did he make good choices? Consider, this man armed black people, freed slaves in southern states, suspended Habeas Corpus, and much more, was he right or wrong to do those things? Did the fate of the Union matter that much?
Complete the Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus Activity
Complete the Lincoln Arms Former Slaves Activity
Complete the Lincoln Refuses to Compromise Activity
More questions? Examine this online Timeline of the Civil War from the Library of Congress.
LESSON: Turning Points and Gettysburg
Analyze the Gettysburg Address. Why was Gettysburg a turning point?