Wed., 5/6/’20

Go back to Monday’s blog and view slides 6-8 of Chapter 16.

Slide 6 shows the Compromise of 1850 which replaced the Missouri Compromise. Please remember 3 important parts of this compromise: California enters as a “free state”, Slave trade is banned in Washington D.C. (though slavery is not), and the Fugitive Slave Law.

*Cal. as a “free state”: Because of the California gold rush, the population there grew quickly and California applied for statehood as a free state which offset the balance of free/slave states.

*Fugitive Slave Law: Southerners were upset that northern abolitionists were helping run away slaves escape to Canada. This law made it illegal for anyone to help a slave. If a person did and was caught, they could be fined $1,000 (equal to over $30,000 today).

*Slave trade ban: Although slavery was legal in Washington D.C. most of the citizens there were against slavery. As a compromise, although slavery was still legal there, slave trade (buying and selling slaves) was made illegal.

Slide 7 is about a novel (a book of fiction) written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet was from the north and the daughter of an abolitionist minister. The book was very popular and believed to be a true story by northerners. This angered southerners who said that it was a book of lies.

Slide 8 deals with the idea of Popular Sovereignty which was an idea put forward by Senator Stephen Douglas. This said that the people of a territory, not congress, would decide if the new state would allow slavery, ignoring the line drawn by the Missouri Compromise.

Please go to and type Compromise of 1850. Watch: Compromise of 1850 Summary ( 8 min 24 sec )

Type : Harriet Beecher Stowe Watch: Harriet Beecher Stowe ( 6 min 35 sec )

Please do IXL assignment under section (N) The Antebellum Period #10 Causes of the Civil War: Dred Scott… Due Friday by 3:00 PM

Monday, May 4, 2020

Happy Monday. I hope that you are all well.

I would like for you to view slides 1-5 of the attached “Slavery Divides the Nation”. This will begin our coverage of how the Unites States got into the American Civil War which lasted from 1861-1865.

Aside from the Northwest Ordinance (which I told you prevented slavery from going into the areas of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, etc.,) the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was an attempt by congress to set rules for slavery as new territories became states. By 1819, there were 22 states in the country. Eleven of the states allowed slavery (slave states) while 11 did not (free states). Missouri wanted to enter as a slave state which would offset this balance.

Luckily, at the same time, the northern part of Massachusetts voted to divide and Maine was created as a free state. The balance continued. So that congress did not have to constantly deal with the issue of slavery as territories of the Louisiana Purchase populated and applied for statehood, they drew a line on the map along the southern border of Missouri through the western territories. All lands north of that line were to be free states while those south of the line could choose to be free or slave states. Congress also promised not to deal with the issue of slavery for at least 30 years. As you know, a lot was to happen in those next 30 years.

Because of the social reform movements, Texas annexation, the Mexican-American War, and the California gold rush, the slavery issue was always a political “hot” topic. The Presidential election of 1848 had three (3) candidates running for the office with the decision largely based on their views about the western expansion of slavery. (As a side note, candidate Cass was from Michigan.)

Please go to Type in: Missouri Compromise of 1820/aaron miller Please watch the video which lasts for 2 min 19 sec.

Remember that IXL assignments (N) 3 & 6 are due by 3:00 PM today,

New IXL assignment due Wed., May 6 by 3:00 PM: Section (N) The Antebellum Period #5 “Slavery in the South” and #9 “Causes of the Civil War: Missouri Compromise to Bleeding Kansas.”

Take care and stay safe – Mr. B

Friday, May 1, 2020

Happy Friday. Please go to Google classroom to see your assignment. I will give it here just in case.

In IXL 8th grade Social Studies, under section (N) The Antebellum Period, do assignment numbers 3 & 6. These should be completed by 3:00 PM on. Mon., May 4.

I will record a lesson on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM.

Please check back to my blog on Monday for further instructions. Stay safe -Mr. B

Monday, 4/27/’20

Due to the recent problems faced last week in google meet, the district has chosen to remove it from our teaching options. I will find another platform to use and will inform you of that change in my blog Friday, May 1st. I will also begin giving you IXL assignments at that time. Hang in there and stay safe.-Mr. Bennett

Tuesday, 4/21/’20

O-kay, let’s go back to the Ch. 15 slides and review slides dealing with the Abolitionist Movement. After viewing the slides, please go to Youtube.con

type in: Frederick Douglass

Watch video: Biography of Frederick Douglass for Kids: American Civil Rights… ( 7 min 43 sec)

After the video, type in : William Lloyd Garrison

Watch video: Biography: William Lloyd Garrison ( 2 min 53 sec)

We will discuss both of these at google meet during one of the sessions at 10 or 1:15 Wednesday.

Stay safe !

Sunday, April 19,2020

I will be giving live stream instruction beginning Monday. I will be offering two history classes on google meet on Mondays at 10 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. and Wednesdays at the same time. I have never used this method of instruction before so I anticipate problems, but hope that they will not be anything that we can’t work out.

On Monday at 10 A.M or 1:00 P.M.

go to:

type in : bennete

Friday, 4/17/20

Continue watching slides 11-15 of chap. 15 dealing with the opposition (against) slavery called The Abolitionist Movement. Understand that although slavery was used more commonly in the south, it was also in the north. With child and immigrant labor available in the north and not as many “cash” crops, there was not much need for slave labor. Notice, however, that even in the south, most slaves were owned by a very small percentage of southerners.

Go to and type in : Harriet Tubman

Watch: Harriet Tubman: Fearless Freedom Fighter… ( 7 min. 27 sec)

On Monday, please check with my blog for instructions for the week of 4/20 – 4/24

Be safe and have a good weekend. – Mr. B

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Please look at slides 5-7 of Chap. 15 (on the blog post 3/29-4/4/20) illustrating the work of Dorothea Dix regarding treatment of prisoners and the mentally ill, Horace Mann and public education reform, and the American Temperance Movement. Remember that these reforms were part of a growing belief that people had to take an active role in correcting problems in society if they wished to get to Heaven.

Please watch the following videos on youtube.

Go to

Type in: Prison reform movement 1800s

Watch video: Dorothea Dix and Prison Reform in the U.S. (10 min)

Consider how one young woman was able to change not only American but also European ideas about the treatment of the mentally ill. Also think about the treatment of prisoners and how women and children who may have become homeless were locked away with men who had committed murder and other terrible crimes.

Then, type in : The temperance movement

Watch: History Brief: The Temperance Movement ( 5 min 9 sec)

Notice how a movement largely begun by religious leaders led to the involvement of women’s groups who put pressure on their husbands and politicians to outlaw the use of alcohol in local areas. Realize that this movement then spread to state and eventually the federal level. The 18th Amendment or Volstead Act would last for over a decade and bring about the “Gangster Era” of the 1920s.

Many students and parents have been asking about grades during this card marking. Be assured that as teachers are given information from the principals, superintendent, and governor, we will pass it on to you. Stay safe, and read a good book. -Mr. B