A House Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

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What efforts were made by Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union, and how did the Emancipation Proclamation signal a shift in the aims of the Northern states? Young historians answer these questions by analyzing primary sources and reading informational texts on topics from the narrative of Frederick Douglass to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have background knowledge of pre-war attitudes toward slavery in the North and South, as well as an understanding of the major events that allowed the war to transpire

  • Excellent opportunity for practicing primary source analysis
  • All documents and analysis worksheets included

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