The Civil War

In 1787 the Founding Fathers crafted the Constitution as a guide for the new country.  Legend has it that when asked about the structure of the government, Benjamin Franklin replied, "a republic, if you can keep it."  Even from the beginning the framers of the constitution knew they could not write a document to answer all questions or address all issues--it merely established, through compromise, the framework for governance.  In fact, some states barely ratified the constitution.  

As the nation approached the 1800s, differences began to strain the bonds of union.  Unresolved divisions threatened the very existence of our young country. Franklin's prediction seemed to be on the threshold of fulfillment.  And so, the nation faced a civil war.  

This will be the first real "history" we discuss.  How, in a relatively short period of time, did the nation fracture?  Could the war have been prevented?  Or was it inevitable?  How can we budget our time in such a pivotal period of our history with the demands of moving forward?  After all, hundreds of books have been written about the war.  Hundreds of historic sites commemorate the battles and events of the war.  Well, I will cover the essentials; you will provide many of the details.

Here is the plan for the unit--in fact, we will divide the unit into two parts.
Work on the "Gettysburg Address" - the due date will be Part 2 Test day + 1.

Other materials for Part 1 can be found here:

Materials for Part 2 can be found here: