Civil War: Slave Options



At its core, history is about choices—which ones were available, who got to make them and what impact did they have. To make sense of the history of the Civil War and slavery, our approach is to access this topic through this notion of choice. Who was making the decisions? How did so few people decide the destiny of so many? It is also imperative to recognize the power of the seemingly powerless to make choices about that which they could, to take chances, to control those aspects of their lives that they could. This lesson is a template that you may expand or adapt to your students’ needs and interests. The questions included are just a starting point. This is 1 of 27 lessons in the unit.

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Curriculum Unit
Grade Level:
9, 10, 11, 12
Expansion, Industrialization & Reform (1801-1861)
United States, North America
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