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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Eyewitness Account of Dr. Robert King Stone, President Lincoln's Family Physician

Teaching Activities by Lee Ann Potter
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Humanities and the Social Studies: Studying the Civil War through the Third Space

Blurring the boundaries between disciplines can yield notable results, as was demonstrated when an eighth-grade class approached history through literary activities.
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The Civil War Battle That Helped Create a State

What makes an event worthy of the history textbooks? In this lesson, students study a little-known Civil War battle to broaden their understanding of historical significance.
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The New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry

--Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant The Uncle Tom’s Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906316.pdf
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Slavery and its Legacies: Marking the Sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Lessons on the Law)

--Ana Lucia Araujo A close look at the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment will ignite a stimulating classroom debate on the legacies of slavery that persist today. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906289.pdf
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Take the Journey: Historic Place-Based Service Learning Projects

--James A. Percoco Place-based service-learning projects connect young people with the past in ways that can range from producing mini movies of a historic site to planting a tree geo-tagged with a Civil War soldier’s life story. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905265.pdf
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Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by an Article, a Photograph, and a Sound Recording from the Nineteenth Century (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured article, photographs, and related sound recordings can serve as a jumping off point into the study of a range of topics including westward expansion, the age of invention, and Native American culture.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7902/79021558.pdf

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A New View of Civil War Photography

--James A. Percoco
Cutting edge digital techniques that add richer perspective to nineteenth-century Civil War photographs will challenge students´ preconceived ideas about the war and enrich classroom instruction.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806280.pdf

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Challenging Students to Differentiate between Election Returns and Results with a Memo and a Telegram from 1864 (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents related to Abraham Lincoln’s reelection provide an excellent entry point into a lesson on the historical impact of elections and resulting political action.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514208...

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