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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 4. Analyze the institution of slavery and its influence on societies in the United States

Objective a. Describe pro-slavery and anti-slavery positions and explain how debates over slavery influenced politics and sectionalism

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http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=485
This is an excellent lesson plan in which students use many primary source documents to construct their own antislavery arguments.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart3.html
Good overview of the antislavery movement.
http://antislavery.eserver.org/
Good source of primary source antislavery and proslavery literature as well as slave narratives.
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/antislchron.cfm
Timeline of antislavery activities
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4narr2.html
Essay on abolitionism that includes links to primary source documents
http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/proslav/prgall.html
Interesting collection of illustrations from proslavery texts
http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/proslav/prmedia.html
Collection of newspaper articles defending slavery and attacking Uncle Tom’s Cabin
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/amistad/
Teaching with Documents lesson on the Amistad Case, from the National Archives
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Resources for Objective 5.C.4.a:
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