THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE – Reading / watching for Thursday/Friday

The United States was teetering on “the edge of the precipice” in 1850, dangerously close to the division of the country and an uncertain future, less than 100 years after independence.  The country didn’t fall right away … but what happened to push the nation off the edge and into the abyss of the Civil War? That’s our next activity.

Prepare for our next class by reading and annotating the first two issues in “The Edge of the Precipice”.  You can interact with the text, come up with questions, and start thinking about the role these two issues played in the coming of the Civil War. 

Want more on the Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act? Check out …


The History Channel’s Compromise of 1850  /  Our Documents – Compromise of 1850 (1850) / Compromise of 1850 – PBS/ The Fugitive Slave Act from the History Channel

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