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Civil War Time Capsule

Sectionalism (1820s) to Civil War (1861-1865)


PERFORMANCE TASK MADE BY NANCY KLAUSNER
Assigned: November 28th - Due Date: December 2

The Compelling Question:

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(100 pts)

Was the Civil War inevitable?

Leading Questions- The paper and presentation must discuss one of


these leading questions and conclude with the Compelling Question
we all must address.
How was the United States both uniting and dividing during the
Antebellum Period (1820-1860)?
Political Parties
Compromises
Manifest Destiny
Industrialization
Slavery
What should have served as warning signs that a civil war was on the
horizon?

Objectives:
Locate two primary sources and one reliable (proof of reliability required)
secondary source that improve our understanding of the events preceding the
Civil War.
Demonstrate an understanding of an event that led up to the Civil War from
multiple perspectives
Assignment:
1) Present the primary sources (could be an artifact) to our class time capsule.
2) Complete a two page research that discusses
o The event from multiple perspectives
o How the event connects to one of the leading questions
o A well developed thought on the compelling question
3) Include a works cited page with your three (3) sources in MLA format.
http://www.easybib.com/
4) Base your project grade on the attached rubric.

Key Events:
1. Missouri Compromise
3. Tariff of 1828
5. Nullification Crisis (South Carolina)
7. Compromise Tariff of 1833
9. Gag Rule
11. Nat Turners Revolt
13. The Amistad
15. The Mexican War
17. The Mexican Cession
19. Compromise of 1850
21. Frederick Douglass 4th of July Speech
23. Election of 1860
25. Secession of South Carolina

10.
14.
16.
18.
20.
22.
24.

2. Fugitive Slave Act


4. Publication of Uncle Toms Cabin
6. Underground Railroad
8. Kansas- Nebraska Act
Bleeding Kansas
12. Dred Scott Court Case
Lincoln- Douglas Debates (1858)
Raid on Harpers Ferry, VA
John Browns Trial
Rise of Republican Party
Caning of Charles Sumner
Attack on Fort Sumter
26. Invention of the Cotton Gin

Key People:
Eli Whitney
John C. Calhoun
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Henry David Thoreau
James Buchanan
Dred Scott
Charles Sumner

Daniel Webster
Robert Hayne
Henry Clay
Nat Turner
Elijah Lovejoy
William Lloyd Garrison
James Polk
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Beecher Stow
Stephen Douglas
Senator James Hammond
Roger Tawney
John Brown
Preston Brooks
Jefferson Davis

Robert E. Lee

Abraham Lincoln

Key Groups
Whig Party
Know Nothing Party
Abolitionists
Immigrants

Democratic Party
Constitutional Union Party
Slave Owners
Enslaved People

John Breckenridge
Free Soil Party
Republican Party
Factory Owners
Factory Workers

Resources for your project:


1) Visit the librarys American History Database.
2) Try the following resources for information.
Primary sources letters, diaries, speeches
1)
2) Valley of the Shadow (http://www.iath.virginia.edu/vshadow2/) - This site goes
over the story of two communities - one Northern and one Southern- that are
caught in the conflict.
3) Visit the library databases.
4) Try the following resources for information.

5) Primary sources letters, diaries, speeches


6) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/index.html
7) Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow Timelines
http://pinzler.com/ushistory/cwtimeline.html
8) Typical Confederate Soldier
(http://www.civilwarhome.com/typicalconfedsoldier.htm)- A description of a
typical Confederate soldier (CS), including his appearance and supplies he would
have carried.
9) Life of Black Union Soldiers
(http://civilwar.bluegrass.net/SlaveryAndEmancipation/blackunionsoldiers.html) Concise history on Black Union Soldiers both free men and former slaves.
10) http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/recon/thomas.htm
11) Emancipation Proclamation
(http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/american_originals_iv/sections/transcript_n
onjava_preliminary_emancipation.html) - Full text of Lincoln's preliminary
Emancipation Proclamation.

Rubric
Distinguished
Learner

Proficient
Learner

Developing
Learner
79-70

Beginning Learner
69-0

100 - 90
89-80

Accuracy

No mistakes,
scholarly and
accurate.
Excellent
knowledge of
the topic shown

Few if any
mistakes, any
mistakes
must be
minor in
nature, very
good
knowledge of
the topic
shown.

Some, but not Several mistakes made,


many,
fair knowledge of the
mistakes
topic shown.
made, good
knowledge
shown.

Use of historical
details

Used many
details in a
thorough and
expert manner.

Used many
details to
illustrate
topic.

Used some
details to
illustrate
topic

Used one or two details


vaguely.

Demonstrated

Applied

Clearly

Understood

Followed directions, had

learning and
understanding

integrated
concepts; made
connections
between facts
and ideas.

understood
topic well.

topic.

Mechanics
(Grammar or
Art)

Grammar and/or
art work were
without flaws
and professional
in nature.

Grammar
and/or art
work are
quality in
nature.

Occasional
Distracting errors,
errors but not difficult to read.
enough to
distract.

Quality
appearance

Neat and
orderly, easy
to follow.

Moderately neat, almost


distracting.

Neat and orderly Professional


appearance

a basic knowledge of the


topic.

Word Usage

Word choice and Word choice


usage are
makes piece
professional.
interesting.

Word choice
simple but
acceptable.

Some mistakes in word


choice and usage. Could
be clearer.

Message

Message flows
and is
passionate.

Message is
clear and
easy to
understand.

Message can
be
understood.

Message not easily


understood.

Creativity

Very clever;
creatively
designed

Displays
creative
thinking

Shows some
creative
thinking

Lacks creativity

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