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There are 14 web lessons. Displaying lessons 1 through 14.
The Economic Differences Between the North and the South Prior to the Civil War

Students will identify and explain the economic differences between the North and the... [more]

North or South? Which has a better way of life?

    Issues that divided the Nation:

  • The North was industrial and urban; South was agrarian
  • North was manufacturing; South was farming
  • South favored slavery; North opposed... [more]

Willie Rudd and Jim Crow

Students will examine and evaluate the feelings and experiences of Americans during the Jim Crow... [more]

North and South-Impact of the Abolitionist Movement

Slavery existed in the United States during "Growth and Change." The United States was split about the right of citizens to own slaves. Abolitionists worked to end slavery in the United States.

While the Civil War did not begin as a war to abolish slavery, debates about slavery... [more]

Comparison between North and South 1820 - 1860

Review of cultural, economic, and political differences that divide the North and South during the period of 1820 -... [more]

Freedmen's Bureau

To get an understanding of the African American feelings upon learning that they were freed and the ramifications of that freedom after the Civil... [more]

Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interaction and conflict between Native Americans and white settlers in the years following the Civil... [more]

Evaluating the “Save the Indian” Reforms

Students will understand the complex motives, methods, and effects of the campaign of the late 19th-century to “save” the... [more]

Runaway Slaves, An American Experience

Personal experiences impact one’s perspective and an individual’s perspective may impact one’s actions. Students will interpret ideas and events of Slavey from different perspectives; that of an abolitionist, slave owner, US Marshall and runaway... [more]

Cultural Impact of Jim Crow Laws and Civil Rights Movement

  • The student will make connections between cultural norms and their own lives.

  • The student will understand the impact of Jim Crow laws and make inferences about the impact of these laws on both African Americans and Whites.

  • The student will understand the impact of... [more]


Students will be able to explain how the Civil War and Reconstruction both solved and created problems for our nation.

  • Students will understand how Reconstruction caused a further decline in relations between the North & South.
  • Students will understand that racism has been... [more]

Challenges Faced by the New Nation's Presidents

The student will use the internet and the LOC website to locate primary sources.

The student will interpret and analyze information found in primary and secondary sources.

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the struggle of the new nation to gain the respect of... [more]

The Story of the American Indians

This lesson introduces the concept that Indians adapted to the areas of the American continents in which they were located. The students will study and compare the different American Indians tribes, their rituals, daily lives, and their impact on the Europeans who came later to the... [more]

Learning about Native Americans through Artifact Analysis and Artwork

Students will learn how a Native American's environment (including the geographic region where they lived) influenced their food, clothing, shelter, and the overall culture of a... [more]