Lesson 18: Why Did the South Secede?

The students examine information in a series of visuals about the strengths and weaknesses of the South and the North on the eve of the Civil War. They analyze alternative approaches to eliminating slavery, and they discuss the costs and benefits each side anticipated in choosing to fight the Civil War. In fighting the Civil War, the North had many clear advantages over the South including a larger population, more industries, more railroads, more farms and more financial institutions. Confederate wealth was largely held in the form of slaves and land.


Alternative, Benefits, Costs
National Content Standards in Economics:
  • Standard #4: Incentives