Dred Scott decision, U.S. Supreme Court

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Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address

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Missouri Compromise

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Congress prohibits the importation of slaves effective January 1, 1808

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Civil War begins at Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC

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Abraham Lincoln delivers "House Divided" speech

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, appears in serial form

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  • Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    Created June 10, 2010

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.

    History of Jim Crow

    The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.

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    Antislavery Literature Project

    Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.