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Capitol in 1863

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1. Groups of three will be placed into a committee.

2. Once in your committee you will be assigned one of three tasks to research.

Economist: will study the feasibility of freeing the slaves and that impact on the American economy.

Sociologist: research the nation's reaction to abolition.

Public Relations Manager: find what to do with the newly freed African-Americans. Groups will then be divided in Jigsaw format.

3. You will then be given five days to research your role. You will be finding the best way to end slavery while leaving the slave-owning populations of the South satisfied with the end result.
Be sure to cite your sources in MLA format.

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4. Now that the research stage is finished, your groups will come back together at the end of day five to begin reaching consensus on the best way to abolish slavery and avoid war.

Each group will create a web chart with their information to help you guide your research and persuasive speech.

5. On days five, six and seven each group will create a persuasive speech that convinces the teacher that your suggestions will feasibly end slavery, and keep the majortiy of the slave-owning populace happy. Your suggestions must also prevent the nation from going to war. The committee must work together to come to an agreement and write the speech.

(The persuasive speech must last between 8 and 12 minutes, and be presented in the format of 1860 America. **Everyone in the group must have a role in delivering the speech.** Visual aids are required.)

6. Finally, on day 8 you will present your argument in speech format. Your professional speech will be delivered to Congress justifying your group's proposals.

7. Committees will then come together and debate which group's proposal will best free the slaves while meeting the assigned criteria.