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Your students, using this Jackdaw, will understand the significance of secession as a major cause of the Civil War, in addition to the issue of slavery. Hands-on historical documents — Lee’s letter about joining the Confederacy, notes from a slave, Lincoln’s memos, a map of the states in 1860 — help students explore secession and its many ramifications for the nation. Historians: National Historical Publications and Records Commission - Editor, Mary A. Giunta, Compiler, Burt Knauft. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • What Is Secession?
  • Right of States to Secede from the Union
  • Slavery — An Issue That Divided the Union
  • “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”
  • The Significance and Consequences of the Civil War
  • Comparison: United States and Confederate Constitutions
Timeline: 1607-1870 Historical Documents
  • U.S. map illustrating seceding and border states, 1860-61.
  • Newspaper article on South Carolina’s secession from the Union, New York Daily Tribune, December 1860.
  • Secession gallery — 17 annotated illustrations and photos of the turmoil, 1852-67.
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s letter to Frederick Dent on the coming war and slavery, April 1861.
  • Letter from Robert E. Lee to his sister about his decision to join the Confederacy, April 1861.
  • Jefferson Davis’ inaugural address and rationale for secession and establishment of the Confederacy. February 1862.
  • Letter and list of slaves from a former slaveholder, May 1862.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley describing Lincoln’s policy on the war and slavery, August 1862.
  • Certificate of Freedom for slave “Augustus,” September 1862.
  • Testimony from former slaveholder to Freedman’s Inquiry Commission, November 1863.
  • Letter from James Herney, a black soldier, to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, May 1866.
  • Pictures and descriptions of 14 famous and important people during secession and the Civil War.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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