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Learning Exercise: Crisis at Fort Sumter

Crisis at Fort Sumter
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.
Course: United States History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
August 30, 2007


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on Fort Sumter have been avoided?, 2) At what stages of Lincoln's decision making proces could the attck on Fort Sumter been replaced by an alternative and what were the alternatives?, 3) Do you agree with Lincoln's decision to attack Fort Sumter?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.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • College Upper Division
  • High School


United States History The Civil War



Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with a deeper understanding of the events leading to the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised


7-9 page paper.

Technical Notes