A House Dividing: The Growing Crisis of Sectionalism in Antebellum America


  • Sep 1 2010 12:09 PM

    Bob Benoit


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    A series of 4 lessons.

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In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students trace the development of sectionalism in the United States as it was driven by the growing dependence upon, and defense of, black slavery in the southern states. Through the use of interactive maps, primary texts, and comparative biographies, students consider the debates over American slavery and the power of the federal government, the regional economies and political events that produced a widening split between free and slaveholding states in antebellum America, and the key figures and their arguments regarding the legitimacy of slavery and the proper role of the national government in resolving its future in the American republic. Less

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    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: United States History, U.S. Constitution, American Democracy, History-Social Science