ERIC Number: ED461610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Anti-Railroad Propaganda Poster: The Growth of Regionalism, 1800-1860. The Constitution Community: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861).
Kelly, Kerry C.
The U.S. has always had regional differences. Today the regions may be difficult to distinguish, but from 1800 to 1860, those lines clearly existed. While each region, North, South, and West, remained dedicated to the American Dream, each attempted to reach the dream in significantly different ways. This lesson, which revolves around an 1839 anti-railroad poster circulated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, relates to the struggle to define the powers of the national and state governments. The lesson can be examined along with Article I, Section 8, on the powers of Congress and Article IV on states' rights. It correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. The lesson provides one primary source document, the anti-railroad poster, and the historical background on the gradual growth of U.S. regionalism. It presents diverse teaching activities, such as brainstorming, document analysis, research and discussion on propaganda, a geography exercise, role play, research and application on sectionalism, and predicting outcomes. (Contains a poster analysis worksheet.) (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, American Dream, Geographic Regions, Government Role, Primary Sources, Propaganda, Regional Attitudes, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.