The Civil War marks a period in American History where the ultimate debate took place. Was America strong enough to survive a war with itself? Students must thoroughly examine the causes of the War and ask themselves, was this a war about slavery, states rights, secession? In addition and most believe even more critical is the discussion about whether the causes are primarily political, moral/social or economic. This project includes handouts explaining the process to your students, worksheets for examining each cause, and a rubric for the teachers use in grading each student and group. This project as written does use the turnitin.com discussion board as a required task and showing the Ken Burns film, The Civil War, The Causes section only in class. Assessments include a discussion board posting, a 2 page essay and an oral presentation. Please download and edit the documents to suit your due dates and research requirements.