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Slavery & the Civil War

Last spring, in an interview, President Trump wondered about the causes of the Civil War. "People don't realize you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?" he asked. Let's offer an answer using the Declarations from the slave-owning states that seceded.

Here are two excerpts from the Declarations that announced the succession of South Carolina (excerpt 1) and Texas (excerpt 2) from the United States. Read the excerpts and write a thoughtful response (informed by your reading of Boyer's American History, chapter 4) to someone who would suggest that the Civil War was fought in defense of "state's rights." 

1) South Carolina (December 24, 1860) The Constitution of the United States, in its fourth Article, provides as follows: "No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or lab…
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Read the following article. Then -- with a parent, guardian, or other adult of at least one generation older -- share your reaction to this article and discussion what you both know and don't know about Native American history. Write up a summary of and reflection on your conversation as a blog post, being sure to link to the article.

The Declaration of Sentiments

Please read the information posted on Google Classroom and respond to this prompt: Choose two quotes, phrases, or sentences from the Seneca Falls Declaration that are particularly meaningful to you.

Your blog post should be around 250 words. Begin by describing the CONTEXT, giving relevant historical information about the Seneca Falls conference. Then present your two quotes, analyzing what they meant at the time (1848) and then explaining why they resonate with you today.