This compelling program reveals how the interests of the industrial North and the agricultural South (the Cotton Belt) came to clash over critical issues such as plantation slavery, and how these issues eventually led to the secession of the southern states. It journeys along the Underground Railroad, highlighting the resistance of slavery, and introduces viewers to an American hero, Abraham Lincoln, and his momentous political and social vision.
Discover how slavery and the expansion of the United States caused the Civil War.
Ask the students why they think people would want to go to war against other people from their own country-sometimes even family members. See if they have any ideas for what caused the Civil War. When finished with the discussion, show the video.