Unit 2: Prelude to the Civil War – 1850’s

Dred Scott

Unit 2 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Poetry of the Modern Time Period – by John Keats. 

President Zachary TaylorUnit Description

Side by side, two civilizations had grown up in America – the one, dedicated to progress, had kept step with the spirit of the age – for the best portion of the civilized world had long since turned its back on slavery; the other had held tenaciously to a system in which it did not at first believe and which even in colonial days had been abhorred. Since the Compromise of 1850 they had been drifting rapidly apart and refused to be reconciled on the question of slavery. To protect that institution, the threat of secession had been carried out, and when, on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln entered Washington, it was as the president of a severed republic.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • Honesty is a character quality to be desired.
    • The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please Him. — Proverbs 20:23
  • The Bible provides the ethics upon which to judge people and nations.
  • God is sovereign over the affairs of men.
    • From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. — Acts 17:26

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