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Pre-Civil War America. The North and The South

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Olga Musso

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Pre-Civil War America. The North and The South
The Political Issue

Social and Economic Factors
Both groups: open the links below and
read the articles:

1. Different economic systems, same country.


2. Divided Culture: social factors.
The North: Group A
The South: Group B
Getting information: group work
What main features of your region can you identify?
Collect the information on the following interactive spreadsheet.

Classroom Debate
How can you explain...

that the slave states were in the South?
the better transport systems in the North?
the uneven industrial development?
the consequences of the cotton production growth?
that the northern population doubled the southern counterpart?
Copy this link and open it on a new Tab. Then, view the video.
Drawing Conclusions:
final classroom debate
Let's reflect on the following topics
A group of factors contributed to the outbreak of the American Civil War.
Population distribution
Cultural characteristics
Economic interests
Geographical features
Slavery: moral values
Political decisions
Social structure
Are there any other factors that you would like to add? Which ones?

Share your opinions with your partners.

Video: the images of the war
Click on the link of the Photo Gallery and discuss the main features with your partners:


How different were the North and the South?
- Would you choose one major cause? Which one? Why?
- Expand two of the factors listed below.
Going deeper ...
Considering what you have learnt so far discuss the following :
"If the President had been a Democrat, there wouldn't have been any war".
"Both sections of the Union had grown too far apart and the issue about slavery had gone beyond conciliation".
"Might slavery have been abolished without bloodshed?"
"The ban on the import of new slaves would eventually have finished the institution, but what would be the price?"
"It wasn't a war on slavery but on arrogance, power, stubbornness, greed, racism and stupidity".
Reflections ...
What do soldiers' expression on their faces reveal?

All in all, are wars worth getting into?
Closing up
1- In class: share your progress with your partners:

How much have you completed?
What were the main difficulties? (Reasons)
Who (if any) took the leading role in the group?
How do you plan to complete the task?
2- Complete the task at home:
Use Google Drive chat
Make it collaborative!
Collecting information:
use the collaborative spreadsheet
Sharing Information

Both groups read the information in the collaborative spreadsheet
Discuss on the most striking differences. Give reasons.
Use the spreadsheet to take part in the classroom debate below
Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election in 1860. Why was this event a tipping point on the path to Civil War? Look at the map and think of possible answers. Work in pairs.
Which two main issues did most Americans worry about?
What did the southerners fear after Lincoln's election?
Did the southern states feel represented?
What actions did the South take?
“I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.”

Abraham Lincoln--June 16, 1858
Essential vocabulary
Click on the link below. After the first and second class choose three words that you consider essential to the topic.
Provide reasons for your choice.
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