Causes Of The Civil War

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Video: Causes Of The Civil War

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.

Student Application

Discover how slavery and the expansion of the United States caused the Civil War.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand the general condition of the nation at the time leading up to the Civil War.
    1. The country was expanding westward (e.g., Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Oregon Trail, railroad, etc.).
    2. The East was becoming more divided. The North and the South disagreed i...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Before viewing the video

    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.

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