Left: First photographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln as president, 1861; Right: Alexander Stephens, photo undated. Both from Wikimedia Commons.
Review the “Pre-1861” and “1861” sections of the companion timeline for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/civil-war/war/timeline/
Based on this timeline (along with input from our previous class readings and discussion) write 1-2 sentences to summarize the cause of the Civil War using a multicausal statement.
Writing multicausal statements:
Lincoln and Stephens:
This activity is not intended to be structured as a debate. Instead, we will focus on asking good questions and collaboratively analyzing the text.
First, we will break up into two groups, with each group responsible for one of the two readings. You will have several minutes to consider the prepared questions below and think about other possible themes that came up for you in your reading.
Prepared questions for Lincoln’s First Inaugural:
Prepared questions for Stephens’ Cornerstone Address:
Next, each group will take turns posing questions—and then listening carefully—to the other group. The group not in the spotlight should begin with the prepared questions (above), though is encouraged to add elaborating questions or any other questions you might like to ask.
Finally, we will debrief together as a class.