WHY THE CIVIL WAR? Learning Experience November 21/22

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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