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"The South's Decision to Secede: A Violation of Self Interest?" icon

The South's Decision to Secede: A Violation of Self Interest?

In this lesson plan, students will consider the following question: In deciding to secede from the Union in 1861, did the South violate its own self-interest and thus disprove the basic economic principle that people seek to further their self-interest in the decisions they make? Acting in this role, the students will apply principles of economic reasoning and use a decision grid to weigh the benefits and costs of the South's effort to create a new nation in which slavery and state's rights would forever be guaranteed by law.

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