Lesson: The Agricultural South

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to understand the roots of slavery in the American south and compare it to slavery in other parts of the world at the time. Students will be able to identify and describe how the northern and southern economies in the United states were interdependent on one another in the early 19h century leading up to the Civil War.

Lesson Plan

Day I: History of the South

The South PPT

Show students a PowerPoint on the south. Breifly review or discuss the origins of slavery in the United States, and the origins of the Triangular slave trade

The PowerPoint can be used with the student component worksheet or can be developed to be an interactive on a SmartBoard!

Day 2: Slave Revolts

Go over slave revolts with the students and talk about famous ones.

Show clips from the film Amistad. In particular show the scene where John Quincy Adams gives his closing arguments to the Supreme Court. The kids LOVE this scene!

Especially the last line ".... and if it means civil war, let it come. And may it finally be the last battle of the American Revolution."

Last of the Mohicans, Amistad, and Glory are hands down student favorites! :-)


Lesson Resources

The South  
History Through Film  


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