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US History: Week Three

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Abraham Lincoln by Mathew Brady. (Wikipedia)

Monday: begin notes on Civil War, hmwk Anaconda Plan and p 248 #5,6

Tuesday: View NYC video on A. Lincoln’s Cooper Union and NYC Draft Riots. Hmwk is to read A. Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech (1860) and 2nd Inaugural Speech (1865) by Friday.

Wednesday: Discussions on the Civil War

Thursday: Failures of Reconstruction and beginnings of the West.

Friday: States quiz Group 2, Begin watching parts of Dances with Wolves.

US History Class Activity: 1800

Henry Clay addressing the U.S. Senate, Daniel ...

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During the 1800’s, American politics was dominated by several personalities. Complete a web search similar to the one you did for Civil War Events. You should concentrate on answering the following question in relation to two of the following people: How did they change American politics?

Write a paragraph for each of people you have selected and include a citation of materials used. NOT JUST A HYPERLINK!

Abraham Lincoln

Stephen Douglas

Andrew Jackson

John C. Calhoun

Henry Clay

Daniel Webster

CW 150: Secession, Timing, and Purpose

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During the time following the attack on Ft. Sumter but before the Battle of Bull Run, the country held its breath and began to find out what secession really means. No one was truly surprised when Firebrands in GA and SC began to push the slave holding aristocracy towards secession in the Deep South. Lincoln could see that the regional disillusionment of the Union was just that, regional. However his next move would be the tipping point between a wider more consuming war or simply a militia driven attack on the aristocrats.

Lincoln’s action of calling for militias to give their allegiance to the Federal government and then march through other states to attack major cities in the South, Charleston, Atlanta, and Birmingham, was a radical idea but not unheard-of. Additionally, the comments of Alexnder Stephens explaining GA secession as, “the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery—subordination to the superior race—is his natural and normal condition,” show that for many the war was about SlaveryAristocracy, and maybe State’s Rights. Thus, the actions of border states in April and May of 1861 appear just as radical as Lincoln asking the common man to fight the Slave holding Aristocracy of the the Deep South. If I were a Virginian at this moment in history, I would have been terrified knowing that the armies of the Federal Government, amassing within the federal district, would be marching through my towns and down my roads to attack “The South.”

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