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The Growth of the US before 1860

Length of Time:   30 Minutes


The goal of the lesson is to provide students with a basic understanding of the physical expansion of the United States during its first decades. Specifically, which states entered the country at what point and which had slaves and which did not? It is also important that students be able to identify those states that seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War.

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