Engage your students in discovering how national economic policy during the Antebellum era created further division between the North and South. Using content-rich issue case studies, students explore how the North and South contrasted in their views on the issues of: (1) internal improvements; (2) tariffs; (3) National Bank; and (4) a homestead policy. Students examine the contrasting perspectives to learn how each side justified their support/opposition and how these issues either furthered or hindered their economic vision.
This activity includes a teacher lesson plan, student data retrieval chart, four in-depth case studies, and an exit ticket to assess individual student knowledge.
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