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.
- Unit 2, Part 1: Standards, Plans and Objectives
- Unit 2, Part 2: Standards, Plans and Objectives
Other materials for Part 1 can be found here:
- Blank outline notes
- Notes, page 1
- Notes, page 2
- Notes, page 3
- Notes, page 4
- Notes, page 5
- Notes, page 6
- Notes, page 7
- Notes, page 8
- Geography 15: Slavery, Politics, and Farming in Illinois
- Critical Thinking 15: Drawing Conclusions
- Skill Application 15: Reading an Election Map
- Primary Source Reading: Charles Sumner
- Biographies and Worksheet
Materials for Part 2 can be found here:
- Civil War Map and Locations
- Civil War Battle Presentation and Grade Sheet
- "Who Am I?" (The descriptions are listed in alphabetical order, but the "first half names" are #1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, & 20)
- Overview of the Course of the Civil War (Pages 1, 2, and 3)