AP U.S. History Prep w/ Daniel Jocz #5 | Unit 5 Review (1844 – 1877)
Students will explore the causes of the civil war. This session will teach students how to maximize points on the DBQ rubric, how to select documents for the extended analysis, and how to craft a complex thesis. Items explored in this episode: secondary sources, free response, a full LEQ, and a DBQ (thesis).
Civil War and Reconstruction
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln struggled to preserve the American constitutional republic and Union that ensured liberty and equality for all Americans. To that end, Lincoln brought the country to fight fought to preserve the Union against the secession of the South at his election in 1860. Lincoln also fought to end the moral disgrace of slavery and issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the war in 1863 as a war measure based upon his presidential war powers to weaken the South. At the end of the war, several amendments to the Constitution were ratified to advance the natural and civil rights republic of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution for African-Americans.
The Commercial Republic Before the Civil War, 1815-1860
Between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, the federal government largely retreated from a program of national economic development, while the states stepped into the role of economic promotion, particularly in the banking and internal improvement fields.
Did Abraham Lincoln Exceed His Presidential Powers during the Civil War?
Two scholars debate this question.
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
This Presidents and the Constitution e-lesson focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Though he had always hated slavery, President Lincoln did not believe the Constitution gave him the authority to bring it to an end-until it became necessary to free the slaves in order to save the Union.