Throughout the school year, the causes of the American Civil War will be studied and then grouped by way of 3 distinct time periods: long-term causes (1776-1850), short-term causes (1850-1860), and immediate causes (1860-1861).
The focus of this class will then be to examine and compare these causes of the Civil War and its impact on the social, political, and economic institutions of the United States.
Quotes to think about while living in the United States today:
"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men......you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself." Federalist Paper #51: Publius
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation's." Federalist Paper #51: Publius
George Washington: "If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
Abraham Lincoln: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Theodore Roosevelt: "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president."