Maryland During the Secession Crisis

While many think the United States was neatly divided between Northern and Southern states during the Civil War, border states like Maryland are more complicated. Using hands-on activities to measure distance and primary sources, population data, and maps, young historians examine the issues facing border states. They also explore the legacy of Lincoln, who wasn't the Great Emancipator he's thought to be in all cases.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson as a case study to talk about the role of border states during the Civil War
  • Offer the resource as part of a discussion of attitudes toward secession
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have some background on the causes of the Civil War
  • Lesson breaks down complex historical dynamics
  • Hands-on activities keep pupils engaged
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