A Dividing Nation

Harriet Beecher Stowe

As the United States expanded westward to the Pacific, the question of allowing slavery in the territories became a heated debate in the country. The North believed slavery would eventually die if it was contained to only those places where it already existed; the South believed slavery needed to expand to new areas if it was going to survive. Right or wrong, both the North and South began a long battle to impose their will on the other eventually culminating in the secession of the Southern states.

Downloadable Worksheets

Notebook Materials

Click on a link below to bring up the .pdf file containing most of the notebook and textbook worksheets that will be used in this lesson. You may print some or all of the given pages.


These are worksheets used outside of the textbook for various activities. One copy of each sheet will be provided to the student at the appropriate time.

Information Worksheets

These are worksheets used for all U.S. History classes. Since most of these activities are cut out and pasted into the notebook, print using only one side of the paper.