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"Crisis at Fort Sumter" is an interactive historical simulation and decision making program. Using text, images, and sound, it reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861. The program primarily focuses...
"Crisis at Fort Sumter" is an interactive historical simulation and decision making program. Using text, images, and sound, it reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861. The program primarily focuses on Lincoln, both as President-elect and as President. Viewers place themselves in Lincoln's position, consider the events that transpire, and choose a course of action at five critical junctures, called "problems." At each of these five junctures, Lincoln made a decision that helped determine the outcome of the crisis at Fort Sumter. In order to assess each problem and make a decision, advice is available from official advisors, such as cabinet members, and from various informal channels, such as newspapers, friends, and public spokesmen. The program divides the information about the Sumter crisis into nine chronological sections. The text within the sections also contains hotword links that permit viewers to explore information in a topical rather than a chronological manner and commentary links that provide additional information including material about debates among historians about events, action, or people. The site also contains an extensive bibliography on the civil war.
This is a nice Internet lesson. However it desperately needs to be updated.
1. There should be a consistent menu for the student to return to the home page.
2. The assignments sound reasonable. However the instructions do not work for an online environment. It appears this is supplemental for a live class where more instruction is given elsewhere.
3. The site feels as outdated as it is. It is difficult to imagine that this lesson could not be enhanced in ten years. History education has changed and students are supposed to look at different points of view instead of just learning facts.
With that said, I really do like the base concept of this site. I would love to see how it would look; should it receive a makeover to the 21st century.
32 weeks ago
I really liked the use of the calendars to show the time frame of events as well as the use of the Notebook page for students to answer the questions.
I found it a bit hard to read with the background texture.
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2 years ago
Nicely done; I lived in the area as a child and this was a great review of the history lessons in school. I like the video snippets, although mine displayed very badly; that could be a local issue though. The embedded links for more details on significant figures were a nice addition. I can see this being quite useful at the middle and high school level where history is a tough subject for students to absorb and remain interested in studying.
5 years ago
Lots of fascinating information provided. Not my area of expertise, but very interesting, nonetheless.
Fairly easy to navigate. Need to use the "back" button to get back to the material after selecting a link; otherwise fine.
5 years ago
Crisis at Fort Sumter using text images and sound. and it was aloso used by abe lincoln.
5 years ago
A very interesting approach, definitely some elements I'd like to make use of.
6 years ago
It is a good assignent, though it is outside my area of expertise. Nice interaction to get the student involved.