To analyze the presidential election which caused several Southern states to secede from the Union and form the Confederate States of America.
1 class period
You can begin this activity by reading with the class sections 1-4, which provide information about the background events, candidates, campaign, and election results of the Election of 1860. Three primary sources are also included.
Students will then do a fun Map Exercise by taking electoral results from a chart and recording them on a map showing the 33 states that belonged to the Union during the Election of 1860. I provide my students with colored pencils for the mapwork as this makes it more enjoyable for them.
Following the Map Exercise, there are 25 questions on the Election of 1860 that can be answered based on information students learned on the preceding pages.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.