Political Sectionalism As The Cause Of The Civil War Analysis

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Justification for Publication
Rationale for Organization: The documents are grouped according to their perspective- economic, political, or moral cause of the Civil War. The first three Documents (A, B, C) all have economic motives behind them. Document A, Hammond’s speech, presents a pro-slavery perspective arguing that slavery used for cotton production is necessary for a thriving economy. Document B, Helper’s Impending Crisis of the South, follows Document A with an anti-slavery perspective, suggesting that slavery is what actually hinders the Southern economy from expanding and modernizing. Document A and B are placed one-after-the-other to highlight the contrasting economy perspectives, allowing students to see the divisions over the issue
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Document F also fits into the political grouping. The last three documents (F, G, H) all address some kind of political sectionalism as the cause of the Civil War. Document G, the map of the presidential elections follows Document F because the conflict in the Senate between two Senators with differing political views and from different political parties mirrors the divisions by region over four candidates from different political parties in the Election of 1860. Documents F and G highlight the differences in political ideologies that caused different political parties to be formed in the Antebellum time period, leading to disunion. Document H, the Dred Scott decision, also fits with the political grouping, but instead of revealing different political ideologies, Document H discusses who has the authority to allow for slavery or to abolish it. Document H challenges political authority all together instead of focusing on different political views. The documents are placed in these groupings with underlying themes to make it easier for students to draw connections between the documents and constitute a better flow between documents that makes …show more content…
There are three visual documents (C, F, and G). Two of the documents are a map and one is a political cartoon. The visual documents challenge students to be able to make inferences and draw conclusions based on a map or a visual. Additionally, the DBQ includes varied textual documents. There are five text documents (A, B, D, E, and H). Some of the documents come from excerpts for a novel (Document E), which offers a fictional perspective on the issue of slavery dividing the country in Antebellum America. Other documents are from speeches (A and H). Document B is an excerpt from a book and Document D is a legal document, a resolution from the state of Massachusetts. The varied document types challenge students to really analyze and begin to connect events and source types together. Not only are the documents varied in type, but they are also varied in perspective for a comprehensive DBQ essay. The DBQ documents address different causes of the Civil War. Documents A, B, and C discuss the economic causes of the war. Documents D talks about expansion and war with other countries leading to conflict. Document E offers a look at the morality of slavery and the adamancy of the North to abolish it. Documents F, G, and H offer a political perspective. With each of these groupings, students are able to write a DBQ that covers all the major causes of the Civil War. The documents also are relatively balanced between

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