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Civil War: Economic Differences between the North and South

These sites focus on the economic differences between North and South in the 1800’s. Learn what caused those differences and what the economies of the northern and southern states were during 1800’s, and how economic differences led to the Civil War. Includes maps, lesson plans, and primary documents. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Civil War: Causes and Battles and Civil War: Slavery.


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This page compares economic and sectional differences between southern and northern states before the Civil War.
Learn about the differences between the economies of the North and South and how they influenced the Civil War through this website by the Civil War Trust. Click on the "Education" link for student and teacher resources about the American Civil War including quizzes, an essay contest, and ideas for lesson plans. NOTE: This site contains ads that solicit donations for the Civil War Trust which is the organization that owns the site.
In this lesson plan, students learn about the economic differences between the north and the south that led to the Civil War.
This unit contains four lesson plans designed to help students develop a foundation to understand the basic disagreements between the North and the South. By investigating primary source documents, students will learn about everyday life in the North and South, changes occurring in the lives of ordinary Americans, and some of the major social and economic issues of the years before the Civil War. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
This site has interactive maps showing a distribution of railroads, slavery, free blacks, immigration, agriculture, cotton production, and industry of northern and southern states in 1800s.
Find out how economic factors played an important role in the Civil War. Includes contrasting economies between southern and northern states. NOTE: This site includes ads and has pop-up ads.
This page gives a big picture of the dominant businesses of each region in the United States prior to the Civil War. NOTE: This site includes ads.
These sites provide information on the American Civil War. Students can find out about factors affecting the war such as cotton production and natural resources. Included is another eThemes resource on the Civil War.
Learn the reasons why the Civil War began. Read about several battles and military leaders. Includes timelines of major events and maps of the battle areas. View photographs of the war and the men and women involved. Browse the other eThemes on the Civil War.
These sites have information about slavery in America in the 1800s. See Confederacy currency with pictures of slaves. Read narratives from slaves and learn about their lives from their own words. There are links to other eThemes Resources about the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, Dred Scott, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Missouri Compromise.

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