The Civil War was our topic of conversation today as we began with an open forum for questions you may have had remaining following your chapter readings. We next analyzed a Presidential campaign poster from the election of 1860 and compared it to the official platform of the Republican Party from that election to determine the stand taken by Lincoln and the Republicans on the significant political issues of the day. We then proceeded to analyze and interpret some of the secession ordinances passed by Southern states following Lincoln's election. We determined from this collection of sources that the root cause of the Civil War was slavery. We next read and discussed a selection of public and private correspondences by Lincoln to add historical complexity to our understanding of his positions and his leadership. We ended class with a discussion over individual motivations for participating in the conflict keyed off of the viewing of a clip from Ken Burns' The Civil War series.
Don't forget that Chapter 16 is due tomorrow! Exam 2 will be Monday, the binder list can be found below.