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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 4, Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Eric Foner


In Abolitionism and Antislavery, the fourth e-seminar of the series Slavery and Emancipation, Eric Foner describes how in the nineteenth century the issue of slavery came to occupy a central place in American political life and a central role in the disruption of the Union. He describes the development of a militant abolitionist movement, the expansion of slavery, secession, and other events that led inexorably to the Civil War.
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Document-Based QuestionsDocument-Based QuestionsTeaching ActivitiesTeaching Activities

1. The Secession Crisis

2. The Civil War and the Expansion of Slavery




1. Changes in the Abolitionist Movement

2. The Compromise of 1850 and the Secession Crisis



Point-CounterpointPoint-CounterpointClassroom SimulationsClassroom Simulations

1. Expansion of Slavery into the Territories

2. Why Did the South (Excluding the Border States) Secede?




1. Compromise Between the North and South





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