Today we continued our discussion over slavery, shifting our focus a bit to see how people in the antebellum period decried and defended slavery and the political repercussions of those debates. We looked at a brief document comparing two accounts of a speech given by Sojourner Truth, followed by a DocBlock Lit Circle over four primary sources illustrating the variety of points of view on slavery prevalent during the time (Uncle Tom's Cabin, Rise of the Cotton Kingdom, The Blessings of Slavery, and Impending Crisis of the South). We ended with a brief look at the Republican Party and its platform during its first two presidential campaigns in its existence, 1856 and 1860.
Chapter 15 is due tomorrow and Chapter 16 on Friday. Your next exam is Monday and your next Scored Discussion is next Wednesday (readings are posted under Period 6). Tomorrow we will tackle the causes of the Civil War. If we have time at the end of class, we will try to answer your biggest remaining questions about Chapters 14 & 15.