It’s one of the most important documents in American history, and probably the single action Abe Lincoln is known for more than any other – the Emancipation Proclamation. We will discuss this incredible document (incredibly misunderstood as well) in class after Turkey. Your first task to prepare is to read the handout about the EP, read and annotate the Emancipation Proclamation and read and watch The Emancipation Proclamation videos below from the History Channel.
Use the guide questions on the handout – you don’t need to answer them in writing! Then, turn to the great document itself by annotating the actual text of the EP following the instructions on the handout. There isn’t much writing – I promise. For some additional insight, check out 5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation from History in the Headlines.
If you ever follow sporting events on ESPN, especially on their website, you’ll see something called “win probability”. It’s an evolving statistic that determines the percent probability that a team will win a certain game based on the score, the location, the importance of the game, injuries, the coaches, and everything else that could factor into the result of a contest. We’re going to try to do the same thing with the Civil War as we ask this essential question – “Did the Union win or did the Confederacy lose the Civil War?”
As part of your home learning experiences and then in class, you’re going to get information that details the status of the war at certain segments along the course of the conflict. Your task is to analyze the conditions of both sides of the war at that time and determine the probability of each side emerging victorious. Your probability scale is a number between 0 and 100 – 100 means that aside has no chance of losing, while 0 means the side has no chance of winning. An even match would be 50-50. Each time you post your probability score, you’ll are also going to support it with a very well written, well reasoned, and well supported statement. We will tabulate all the scores and give an overall probability in order to determine the reasons why the war ended or resulted the way that it did.
We will start at the beginning of the war with the firing of the shots at fort Sumter and the subsequent secession before southern states. Analyze the statistics on both sides and compare and contrast what each side has at the beginning of hostilities in 1861.
Ready to show what you know, young Civil War historians? You will have a 20 minute quiz on Tuesday/Wednesday concerning the targets below:
I can use perspective to explain how events between the Compromise of 1850 and the Election of 1860 led to the secession of southern states.
I can explain varying interpretations of the long term causes of the Civil War and evaluate the importance of slavery as a principal cause of the conflict.
What should you study? Simple – The Edge of the Precipice notes and readings, Why the Civil War activity, and the ideas presented in the “WHY SECEDE?” activity (Basically – why did seven Southern states secede?)
Think there will be a big section on the election of 1860? Yes, there will. Guaranteed, because it’s THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY (hand slam)!
After the election of Abraham Lincoln (THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY), seven sates seceded from the United States and created their own country – the Confederate States of America.
Why did they secede? And … what caused the Civil War?
You will examine the primary sources (THROUGH THEIR EYES) on Monday and Tuesday by looking at primary documents and secession statements, and it seems pretty cut and dry, doesn’t it? However, with all of that information still available, historians have debated over the years about the exact causes of the Civil War. Believe it or not, the questions about the causes of the Civil War still play a part in society today, including teaching standards in middle school history classes, and the views of a former White House Chief of Staff. Everything can be taken out of context, but the reality is ,… the question still matters.
What do the historians say? Your task is to read some brief statements from historians in the Why the Civil War? activity and examine their varying opinions. It’s a collection of statements about different historical perspectives on the coming of the war. Read each carefully, underline up to eight (8) important words, and summarize each selection in ONE TO THREE WORDS and ONE COMPLETE SENTENCE. The assignment is much easier (and more fun) if you complete it with a partner. Yup – that means talk about it! Here are two videos to help …
WATCH ME TO EXPLAIN YOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE!
AFTER YOU ARE DONE (OR GAVE IT A GOOD TRY), WATCH ME TO HEAR WHAT TAFT DID WITH THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE!
YOU HAVE TO BE INTERESTED NOW, RIGHT? WATCH THESE TO ADD TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF “WHY THE CIVL WAR?”
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Hopefully you are understanding the challenges of the time, and realize that the nation is teetering on the “Edge of the Precipice”. You can review today’s activities and continue moving forward with some ideas by using the second reading from class and some of the following resources:
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING ISSUES AND MAKE A STATEMENT FOR EACH!