Fourteenth Week: Crisis and Causes

The Crisis and Causes unit covers two days of class time (suggested) and begins with a look at the struggles in Kansas over the question of slaveryl. We then look at the various factors in play during the 1850's that all but guaranteed a civil war in the 1860's. Time period: 1850 to 1860.  

The Crisis and Causes unit contains two sections:
the The Gathering Storm presentation looks at popular sovreignity and the Kansas conflict
the War is Inevitable presentation covers the rise of Lincoln and the start of the Civi War.

Go to each section's home page to see a further breakdown into daily lesson plans. 

  • During the Antebellum Era, population and economic pressures kept Americans moving westward - eventually resulting in the Mexican-American War. 
  • During the 1850's, the various slavery compromises became unworkable. A succession of weak Presidents were unable to bring the nation together.
  • The first major war fought during the Industrial Age, the American Civil War sees the end of state's rights and the beginning of true federal power.