How did the institution of slavery lead to the Civil War?
First edition. May 2019.
The Civil War is a key moment in U.S. history. Its causes can be traced to the colonial era; its legacies remain visible today. At its center is the indelible issue of slavery. In an 1864 speech, President Abraham Lincoln identified a fundamental disagreement at the center of the Civil War: What does liberty mean? Whose liberty, and what kind of liberty, should the United States prioritize? Did liberty mean that the United States should abolish slavery and that enslaved people should achieve freedom? Or did liberty mean protecting the ability of slaveholders to own people as property and exploit their labor? The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty helps students consider the experiences of many groups of people as well as the issues driving the political confrontation over slavery and the meaning of liberty. The unit is divided into four parts. Each part includes:
- Student readings
- Accompanying study guides, graphic organizers, and key terms
Lessons aligned with the readings that develop analytical skills and can be completed in one or more periods
- Videos that feature leading experts
This unit also includes a Perspectives Lesson as the key lesson and additional synthesis lessons that allow students to synthesize new knowledge for assessment. You do not need to use the entire unit; feel free to select what suits your classroom needs.
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