Slavery's Opponents and Defenders


  • Jul 30 2010 8:50 AM

    Cort Mitchell

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In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's "peculiar institution." Students identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies, explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution, and articulate an economic argument in favor of slavery and an opposing argument on behalf of free labor. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Literature, English-Language Arts, U.S. Constitution, American Democracy, History-Social Science, United States History