Learning Exercise

Crisis at Fort Sumter

Crisis at Fort Sumter goes through the process followed by President Lincoln as he deceided whether or not to attack and retain Fort Sumter in the recently seceded state of South Carolina.
Course: United States History
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"Crisis at Fort Sumter" is an interactive historical simulation and decision making program. Using text, images, and... see more

Exercise

Instructions: Scroll to the bottom of the page when the site comes up. Click Introduction. Read all the information on this page. Go back to the main page and read all nine sections. Write a 5-7 page paper explaining whether or not you agree with Lincoln's decision to attack Fort Sumter. Were there better alternatives and if so why weren't they used?
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Topics

United States History The Civil War

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with the process of presidential decision making. To enable students to see the complexities surrounding the decision to attack Fort Sumter.

Assessment

A 5 to 7-page paper.
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