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Theme: Social Changes and Social Reform
March 2004

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2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Connections (Learning Standards):

5.35: Identify the key issues that contributed to the onset of the Civil War

USI.29: Describe the rapid growth of slavery in the South after 1800 and analyze slave life and resistance on plantations and farms across the South, as well as the impact of the cotton gin on the economics of slavery and Southern agriculture

USI.31: Describe the formation of the abolitionist movement, the roles of various abolitionists, and the responses of southerners and northerners to abolitionism

USI 35: Describe important religious trends that shaped antebellum America

USI 36: Summarize the critical developments leading to the Civil War