Lesson Plan

Alabama BEFORE the American Revolution

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Did you know that prior to the American Revolution, Alabama was a part of the British empire and called New West Florida? Class members research the economic, political, and social realities of this territory and compare them to those of the 13 original colonies. They then examine how these factors influenced early slave laws.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • After individuals complete their essays, tally the results for those who believe British West Florida would or would not have supported the revolution
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for Advance Placement classes, the resource may be adapted to most US history courses
  • The 15-page packet includes directions for modeling how to analyze a primary source document, a step-by-step plan, worksheets, templates for the maps, excerpts from the seven laws, and a rubric for the essay
  • Some readers may need additional support to understand the connections between the economic and social factors and whether or not the territory would have supported the revolution