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The student understands how the North and South differed and how politics and ideologies led to the Civil War


Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant transcripts:
A Free and Independent City
Bitter Rivals
Slavery: A Business Necessity

Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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The Secession Crisis
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
This selection of primary sources allows students to interpret the Civil War as an ideological battle, pitting abolitionists against slavery's apologists, and Northerners against Southerners. Students will understand why most of the Southern states chose secession over union.

Illustrations of the Pro-Slavery Argument
Resource Type: Primary Source
These illustrations support the institution of slavery. Why?

The Civil War and the Expansion of Slavery
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
This DBQ focuses on the decade of crisis, the 1850s, during which the question of the expansion of slavery tore the country apart. The documents selected include the classic evidence that can be used to prove that the expansion of slavery was the most important cause of the Civil War, 1861–65.

Calhoun on the Compromise of 1850
Resource Type: Primary Source
John C. Calhoun became the South's most powerful advocate as senator from South Carolina for most of the period from 1832 to 1850.

Expansion of Slavery into the Territories
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint
Eric Foner argues that the debate over whether the territories (particularly land acquired from the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and through the Mexican-American War (1846–48)) would be carved into slave or free states was the key political issue of the 1850s and the major source of conflict between northern and southern states. A teacher compares the interpretation of William Gienapp with Foner's view.

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