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The House of Dies Drear

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Description: These activities go along with Virginia Hamilton's House of Dies Drear, a gripping story about the Underground Railroad. There are activities to promote writing, vocabulary development, poetry, and much more. Standards 5.7.3, 5.7.4, 8.3.1, 8.9.1 and 8.9.2

Author: Michele Osinski

Lesson ID: 1042

Underground Railroad: A Webquest

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Description: Explore the Underground Railroad, the people who served as conductors and the system used to help enslaved people to freedom. Report your findings to the class by playing the role of artist, Freedom Seekers, Teacher or Writer. Standards 5.7.5 and 8.9.1

Author: Susan G. Barhan & Eleanor J. Williams

Lesson ID: 1087

1836 Gag Rule and Anti-Slavery Petitions

Description: The citizen's right to express his or her views to government in order to effect change is as old as the nation itself. Indeed, the United States was born out of a petition--the Declaration of Independence. This right, however, was severely restricted during the years 1836-1844 when the House of Representatives instituted a "gag rule" to immediately set aside all petitions pertaining to slavery without hearing them. Standards 8.9.0 and 12.5.1

Author: Bill of Rights Institute

Lesson ID: 1531

A Debate Against Slavery

Description: One of the great tragedies of American history was the treatment of enslaved African-Americans. African slaves arrived with some of the earliest European settlers, and slavery had been a centuries-old institution in America by the 1850s. Disagreement over slavery was central to the conflict between the North and the South. The nation was deeply divided. In this lesson, students argue against slavery using evidence they gather from archival documents that are highlighted in the lesson. Standards 8.7.2 and 8.9.0

Author: EDSITEment

Lesson ID: 1563

Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race

Description: Slavery played a prominent role in America's political, social, and economic history in the antebellum era. The South's "peculiar institution" was at the forefront of discussions ranging from the future of the nation's economy to Western expansion and the admission of new states into the Union. The public discourse in the first half of the nineteenth century exposed the nation's ambivalence about slavery and race. Politicians were increasingly pressured to make their opinions known, and Abraham Lincoln was no exception. Students examine primary documents, the letters and speeches of Abraham Lincoln, in order to analyze Lincoln's position on slavery. Standards 8.9.5 and 8.10.4

Author: Gilder Lehrman

Lesson ID: 1387

Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery

Description: Explore Abraham Lincoln's rise to political prominence during the debate over the future of American slavery. Contrast Lincoln's anti-slavery politics with the abolitionism of William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass and the "popular sovereignty" concept of U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas. Examine the views of southern Democrats like Jefferson Davis and William Lowndes Yancey to show how sectional thinking leading up to the 1860 presidential election eventually produced a southern "secession" and the American Civil War. In addition, compare the Republican Party platform of 1860 to the platforms of the two Democratic factions and the Constitutional Union Party to determine how the priorities of Lincoln and his party differed from the other parties in 1860, and how these differences eventually led to the dissolution of the Union. Standards 8.9.5, 8.10.1, 8.10.4, and 8.10.5

Author: EDSITEment

Lesson ID: 1569

African-Americans in the American West

Description: Examine documents and statistics about the experiences of African Americans who participated in the westward movement. The lesson is divided into four parts, the first calling attention to early contributors to that past, such as William Clark's slave, known only as "York", and to James Beckwourth, who had a long and adventurous career as trader, trapper, scout and interpreter. The second part of the lesson emphasizes the period just before the Civil War, when abolitionists, escaped slaves and free blacks moved into the border states and the disputed territories of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. The final two sections concentrate on the lives of the Exodusters and other African Americans who sought opportunities as westward pioneers, and on the Buffalo Soldiers. Standards 5.8.3, 5.8.4, 8.8.2, 8.9.6, and 8.11.2

Author: New Perspectives on the West, Public Broadcasting System

Lesson ID: 1444

An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Nullification Crisis

Description: There had always been differences between northern and southern states, the former more commercial and the latter more agrarian in outlook and livelihood. But no difference was so potentially divisive as the South's insistence on the right to hold slaves and the North's growing aversion to it. The newly acquired territory to the West, resulting from the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, brought the issue of the extension of slavery to a slow boil in 1819. But slavery in the territories was not the only issue dividing North and South. The question of tariffs (or taxes) on foreign imports proved so volatile that one state tried to nullify an act of Congress and threatened to secede from the Union. After completing this lesson, students will gain a better understanding of how the controversies over slavery's expansion and federal tariffs further entrenched the dividing line between northern and southern interests. Standards 8.9.5, 8.10.1, and 8.10.3

Author: EDSITEment

Lesson ID: 1568

Antebellum Temperance and Abolition Movements

Description: This unit examines how the industrial revolution and the abolition movement led to changes in women's roles both within and outside the home. Use handbills, songs, and resolutions from abolitionist and women's rights conventions to understand the experiences women faced in laboring to achieve equal status in antebellum American society. Analyze and evaluate the impact of the women's rights movement in the antebellum era and link past and present by drawing connections to contemporary society. You will need Acrobat Reader but no Internet connection for this lesson. Standards 8.6.6, 8.9.1 and 11.10.7

Author: Susan Leighow and Rita Sterner-Hine, Organization of American Historians

Lesson ID: 88

Anti-Slavery Movement

Description: After seeing a short video clip and reading the primary source entitled Proceedings of the Illinois Anti-Slavery Convention: Held at Upper Alton on the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth October, 1837 (Constitution and Declaration of sentiments), students create and write a constitution for an anti-slavery society. They then investigate the demographics of slavery, the treatment of slaves, the colonization movement, and women in the abolition movement, and present their findings as members of the anti-salvery soceity to the class. Standards 8.9.0, 8.9.1, and 8.9.6

Author: Jennifer Erbach, Lorin Driggs, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Lesson ID: 10

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