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Standard 4

Students will understand that the 19th century was a time of incredible change for the United States, including geographic expansion, constitutional crisis, and economic growth.

Objective 2

Assess the geographic, cultural, political, and economic divisions between regions that contributed to the Civil War.

  • Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads
    Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005. The online game invites students to learn about Lincoln's leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln's actions. A Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
  • Civil War - Jump Back in Time
    View a timeline and read stories about the Civil War.
  • Scholastic: Dear America
    The American Civil War was a conflict that pitted the Northern states against the Southern states. The war raged for four years (1861-65) and was marked by some of the bloodiest battles of modern history. Everyone was engaged on supporting the war effort even when battles were taking place in view of their homes.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery
    Check out this interactive website taking students through an escape. The website includes teacher lesson plans and activities such as writing a journal entry.


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