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” using the resources below.
- Strengths and Weaknesses: North vs. South – a decent intro from USHistory.org
- On the Eve of the Civil War PDF from your fave 8th grade AmStud history guy
- Strategies, Advantages, and Disadvantages for the North and South from an awesome SS teacher, Ms. Kathan in Charleston
ADVANTAGES OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH from Flemington Raritan SD
- Civil War Facts from the National Park Service
- and any other search you can complete to fill in some blanks
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.