Four long years, over 620,000 dead, even more casualties, part of the nation in ruins, and an entire segment of the population freed for the first time – the results of the Civil War are almost impossible to comprehend in 2017. Why did war end up with a Union victory and Confederate defeat? Let’s put our heads together (and ask some other experts) and discuss!
Check out the materials provided to you as well as the resources below.
A great collection of resources from an assortment of Civil War authorities
Nine Reasons Why the South Lost the American Civil War from History Today
Why Did the Confederacy Lose? from M.T. Owens
Then, as a group:
Come up with a list of the 7 major factors that led to the eventual result of the Civil War, ranked in order. Enter your TOP THREE factors in this form.
Come up with a “possibility factor” of the Confederacy winning the war, with a “0” meaning they had no chance at all no matter what they did and a “100” meaning they could have totally won the war but made too many mistakes. Place your names near the location of your factor on the following drawing – Section 1 / Section 2 / Section 5 / Section 6 / Section 7
Can you come up with some great plausible “What if’s?” that could have changed the course of the war?