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Chapter 7: 1844-1860 Inquiry Organizer

Compelling Question: >Was the Civil War inevitable?

Chapter Objectives:

  • Students will be able to explain how the acquisition of new territories changed the social, cultural, and economic landscape of the United States
  • Students will be able to analyze the causes of sectional tensions including slavery, westward expansion, economics, and cultural differences.
  • Students will be able to analyze the causes of the Civil War and whether that war could have been avoided.
Supporting Question 1: How did western expansion contribute to sectionalism? Resources:

Supporting Question 2: What continuities and changes can be seen in the debate over rights and citizenship for various groups within the United States? Resources:

Supporting Question 3: How did ideological and economic differences over slavery affect the relationships among the states? Resources:

Supporting Question 4: How did North and South attempt to compromise in the years leading up to the Civil War? Resources:

Additional Resources:

Unit 4 Essay Activity Was the Civil War inevitable? Option A: Explain the major causes of the Civil War. Through this inquiry, students will analyze the social, political, and economic changes that took place in the 1840s and 1850s. Ultimately, students will use the primary and secondary sources in this chapter to practice constructing an essay, in AP Long Essay Question format, demonstrating their skills in explaining historical causation. Students should be evaluated using the AP Rubric. Assess students’ progress in understanding the compelling question for this chapter by assigning the Unit 4 Essay Activity.

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