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Engage your students in a thorough comparison of the North and South during the Antebellum Era through having them design a Janus figure reflecting the duality of the United States. Student utilize the divided map of the United States to draw and describe contrasts between the two emerging identities; using their finished product, students compose a thesis statement responding to the overall inquiry posed. A brief introduction is included with an excerpt of William Seward's "Irrepressible Conflict" speech to help them think about the division. A rubric and directions are included to guide student performance.
Looking for other activities to help teach the coming of the Civil War and sectionalism? Check out "Manifest Destiny, Free States, and Slave States: A Mapping Activity" and "The Rise of Sectionalism: Debating Antebellum Economic Policies."