Grade 8: US History to Reconstruction 

Standard 10: Divisions within the Union

Content Standard 10: The student will analyze major political, economic, and social events that resulted in the Civil War.
Summarize the importance of slavery as the principal cause of increased sectional polarization leading to the Civil War.
Evaluate the goals of the Compromise of 1850 regarding the issue of slavery.
Evaluate the impact of the publication Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, on anti-slavery sentiments.
Analyze the impact of the Kansas-Nebraska Act on the issue of popular sovereignty in new territories regarding the institution of slavery, repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and factional feuds in Bleeding Kansas.
Summarize the Dred Scott v. Sandford case which declared slaves as property and motivated John Brown’s Raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.