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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2005 07:32 pm
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Given that many survey classes in American History cover 1750-present in one year, it is very difficult to do much *more* than hit the high spots.

If someone told me my life depended on getting the gist of the Civil War era between the ears of a high school class in a 3-week unit, here's what I'd ensure they heard (not necessarily in this order). I have to admit, about the only people I'd mention by name would be Lee, Lincoln, Grant and Sherman...

Causes

Abolition, Free-Soil and Slave politics

Slave labor and Free labor

Westward expansion

Industrial, Mercantile and Agricultural

voting power and political divisions

Distribution of wealth

Southern war strategy

Attrition

Foreign intervention

Northern war strategy

Blockade

On to Richmond

Divide and conquer

Tennessee and Cumberland campaign

Grant's Mississippi river and Vicksburg campaign

Sherman's march to the sea

Foreign Diplomacy

Resources

Conscription/Draft/Substitutes

Taxes

Government borrowing

Impressments and seizure

Production and distribution

Home front

Medicine

Paper money

Results

Antietam - Emancipation Proclamation

Gettysburg - Gettysburg Address

Atlanta - reelection of Lincoln - 2nd Inaugural Address

Appomattox - Lee surrenders

Lincoln assassinated

Aftermath and reconstruction

13th, 14th and 15th amendments

Ascendancy of the Republican party

Southern status

devastated

Redemption

weakened national political power

Jim Crow and segregation

Westward Expansion

 

Cheers,

HankC

Last edited on Mon Oct 17th, 2005 07:32 pm by HankC

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