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Learning Exercise

Material: Crisis at Fort Sumter
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 30, 2007
Date Last Modified: Aug 30, 2007
Title: Crisis at Fort Sumter
Description: Crisis at Fort Sumter goes through the process followed by President Abraham Lincoln as he decided whether or not to attack and retain Fort Sumter in the recently seceded state of South Carolina.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 5-7 hours
Topics: United States History The Civil War
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with a deeper understanding of the events leading to the bombardment of Fort Sumter.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: CLICK "go to material." Navigate the site. Search: Background, Dilemmas of Compromise, Lincoln's Inaugural Address, Initial Problems of Forts Pickens and Sumter, Hesitation and Decision, Final Order, and And the War Came. Write a 7-9 page paper answer the following questions: 1) Could the attack on Fort Sumter have been avoided?, 2) At what stages of Lincoln's decision making proces could the attck on Fort Sumter been replaced by an alternative and what were the alternatives?, 3) Do you agree with Lincoln's decision to attack Fort Sumter? Explain why or why not.
Assessment: 7-9 page paper.
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