Causes of Civil War

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Causes of Civil War

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Delving into the economic, political, and social upheavals of a war alongside closely analyzing the causes that led to the war allows students to understand how a crisis begins and how it affects the countries involved. In the case of the American Civil War, the slave question was the driving force that led the country to tear itself apart. But the reasons behind the question are what's most interesting.

In this activity, students will create a T Chart that outlines the causes of the Civil War war, and the effects on both the North and South. In one column, students will identify the causes of rising tension and the things both the North and South had at stake. In the other, students will identify the effect the issue had on the fragile and fracturing nation.

Students may choose to discuss the following topics (included but not limited to):

  • States Rights vs Federal Power
  • Sectionalism
  • Secession
  • Economy
  • Lincoln's Election
  • Slavery

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Create a storyboard outlining the causes and effects of the American Civil War.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the left column, identify the major issues or causes of the Civil War.
  3. In the right column, identify the effect that issue had on the nation.
  4. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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