Historical thinking required. This is a brief AP level 12-page summary of the first 100 days of the American Civil War and provides a snapshot of how (and suggests why) the South separated itself from the North and ultimately bombed Fort Sumter. The Morrill Tariff Bill and original 13th Amendment are included to spark the question: What really caused the War and could it have been avoided? If it were solely about states having the right to own slaves, why didn’t the South ratify the 13th Amendment and rejoin the Union? The economics of the time were complicated and a study of the Morrill Tariff Bill suggests there was other motivation.
Suggested duration: 30-45 minutes