5.1 Compare and contrast the myth of the Antebellum South to the realities of the region including the harshness of slavery, increased immigration to urban areas, and growth of railroads.
5.2 Interpret the sectional differences between the North and the South in economics, transportation, and population.
5.3 Use primary sources to analyze multiple samples of abolition leaders’ writings and their stance on slavery including:
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Frederick Douglass
  • The Grimke sisters
  • William Lloyd Garrison

Antebellum South

The term Antebellum is considered a period of time before the Civil War. During the early 1800s many southern states were considered to be a part of the Antebellum south and the life of living on the southern plantations. For many people in the south, agriculture was a major part of the economic system. Check out the images below that many connect to the Antebellum South.
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Many women were called "Southern Belles" It would not be uncommon to see huge two story plantation houses.

Beside these houses would be a sea of cotton, tobacco, or sugar cane as a way to make money.

Check out the powerpoint to learn more about Antebellum South.

Watch the video clip about the South's way of life and if it is more like the Antebellum South or not.



North and South Differences

Check out these files to read more about the differences between the North and South before the war.

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Image above is a mill in before the Civil War.
Cotton-Plantation-Currier-Ives.jpgThis image is before the Civil War.

Check out the video clip below to point out the differences between the North and South before the Civil War.



Check out a textile mill from the North to understand dependence upon cotton from the South.

Based upon the mill and what you know about cotton production, how do think the North and South needed one another in order to make money for the region?
Use the power point to help you understand the differences between the North and South before the war.
Check out the graphs and maps to help get a better understanding of the sectional differences between the North and South before the war.