The Civil War BEGINS! For my in class historians in Friday, November 17

We know the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861.  But why? And what was the impact of the events at Ft. Sumter?  Take a look here, and check out the CWPT overview of the first battle of the conflict and another great overview from the History Channel.


Experts make a lot of money (and get a lot of attention) predicting the outcome of events – such as football games, horse races, and presidential elections. It’s a process commonly known as handicapping, and they do it by examining all of the data about two sides, both tangible and intangible, and using that information to develop an educated guess about the result of a contest. Even though we know the result of the Civil War, it doesn’t hurt to look at the two sides before the war begins to see the strengths and weaknesses of each side. To do so, complete “Handicapping the Civil War” DOCX  using the materials below.


Looking for some info on the strategy of both sides on the even of the war? Check out Civil War Strategy for more info to add to your notes.

Then … make a claim! What does all of this info mean? We will see how the war evolves, based on your predictions.



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