Monday, December 19, 2011

You be the historian: Evaluating Causes of the Civil War

Evaluating the Evidence is an interactive exercise that guides students through the process of evaluating primary sources in order to develop a thesis.

In this case, the primary source materials provide evidence for the relative importance of four different hypotheses about the causes of the Civil War:

Conflicting Economic Interests
Preservation of the Union
State's Rights

Students evaluate the evidence and see if the primary sources provide enough support for their argument.

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