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Chapter 13: North and South

Web Lesson Plans

In this chapter students have read about the differences between the North and the South. Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, those differences led to increased tension and conflicts over lifestyles, economic issues, and the balance of power on Congress. In this activity students will take a closer look at family life in the South prior to the Civil War.

Lesson Description
In this lesson students will visit a Web site about Louisiana state history. They will view photographs and drawings and read an article on life in antebellum Louisiana. After answering several questions, they will draw a circle in which they will write words and phrases or draw images that describe the lives of those who lived in Louisiana prior to the Civil War.

Instructional Objectives
  1. The learner will be able to name and describe the various socioeconomic groups living in antebellum Louisiana.
  2. The learner will be able to compare and contrast those groups.
Student Web Activity Answers
  1. The slaves produced and manufactured most of the food, clothing, and goods needed on the plantation.
  2. The mistress's duties included managing the domestic labor force for the household; directing the upkeep of all buildings; managing the production, purchase, and distribution of goods and clothing; raising the children; and running the plantation during the husband's absence.
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  4. The majority of rural whites and free African Americans lived on small or modest-sized farms and owned no slaves, or at most a few, with whom they worked side by side in the fields. They raised food and livestock, spun and wove, fished, and hunted game for their own consumption, selling any surplus goods and crops in neighboring towns and cities.
  5. Students' diagrams may vary, but should accurately reflect the information presented on the Web site.
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