Ask students if there is something they could put in their ‘learned’ section of the ‘KWL’ chart.
Something they may have learned is that the country grew vastly at a very quick pace from the time of independence. This would bring up a number of logistical issues that the federal government would have to manage.
Hand out a Comparing Cultures and Economies Chart.
The information for this chart was created as a summary using the 1860 US census data, which can be found online at census.gov.
Read over the information as a class and discuss.
Ask students if there is anything they would like to put into their ‘learned’ section of their ‘KWL’ chart.
Something they may have learned from this information is that by the 1860s the Northern and Southern regions of the country were seeing some major differences.
Define the following words:
Antebellum - occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.
Compromise - an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
Abolitionist - a person who favors the abolition (end) of a practice or institution, especially slavery.
Secede - withdraw formally from membership of a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.