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Chapter 8: 1860-1877 Inquiry Organizer

Compelling Question: Did the Civil War help create a more perfect Union?

Chapter Objectives:

  • Students will be able to examine the relationship between military events in the Civil War and changes in politics, society, and justice for African Americans.
  • Students will be able to analyze the changing nature of the goals of the Civil War and whether it wrought a “second American Revolution.”
  • Students will be able to evaluate whether justice for African Americans was achieved through Reconstruction.
Supporting Question 1: What were the major events of the Civil War? Resources:

Supporting Question 2: How did the Civil War affect the lives of different groups of people within U.S. society? Resources:

Supporting Question 3: What were the major political developments of Reconstruction and to what extent did Reconstruction change the lives of those living in the South? Resources:

Additional Resources:

Unit 4 Essay Activity Did the Civil War help create a more perfect Union? Option B: Analyze the effects of the Civil War on U.S. politics and society. Through this inquiry, students will evaluate primary and secondary sources to assess the outcomes and consequences of the Civil War. 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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