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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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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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This is an excellent lesson plan in which students use many primary source documents to construct their own antislavery arguments.
Good overview of the antislavery movement.
Good source of primary source antislavery and proslavery literature as well as slave narratives.
Timeline of antislavery activities
Essay on abolitionism that includes links to primary source documents
Interesting collection of illustrations from proslavery texts
Collection of newspaper articles defending slavery and attacking Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Teaching with Documents lesson on the Amistad Case, from the National Archives
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