Time Period Archives: Expansion & Reform

The Dred Scott Decision: Republican vs. Democratic Perspective

Students will read and analyze contemporary newspaper editorials of 1857 regarding the Dred Scott decision to analyze differences in perspective of Democratic Party followers and more...
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The Beginning of Advocacy – Social Reformers React to Change

This lesson was designed specifically for 8th grade students that complete the Student Advocacy CAPSSL Project, to help them connect historical information with to their more...
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Go West, Young People

Students will view an interactive map of the Oregon Trail. They will be reading actual accounts (through journal and diary entries) of children as they more...
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Exploring the adventures of the American frontier

From Davy Crockett’s many exaggerated tall tale stories came a perspective of the harsh yet entertaining lives of the American frontiersmen. But who is this more...
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The industrial revolution

This lesson will focus on technological, social and economical changes that took place in the United States from 1800- 1850.
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Varied views on indian removal

Students will write a Political Editorial based on their reading of a variety of viewpoints on Indian Removal. They will use their knowledge of Perspective more...
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Slavery: Four northern perspectives

To help dispel the stereotype that everyone in the North in the mid-1800s was against slavery, students will analyze a collection of primary sources that more...
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The road to the Trail of Tears

Students will examine the responses of the Native American’s in the early 1800’s to government removal. They will determine if the actions of the Native more...
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Ho to Kansas!

The intent of this lesson is to introduce the idea that many former slaves left the south after the Civil War to find true freedom more...ho-to-kansas
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Their classroom is so different!

Students will compare and contrast the difference between schoolhouses of the second wave of immigration to that of the fourth wave. Students will also look more...
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