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Teaching the Causes of the American Civil War, 1850-1861

by Michael E. Karpyn (Volume editor)
Textbook XIV, 196 Pages

Summary

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865, killing nearly 700,000 Americans and costing the country untold millions of dollars. The events of this tragic war are so steeped in the collective memory of the United States and so taken for granted that it is sometimes difficult to take a step back and consider why such a tragic war occurred. To consider the series of events that led to this war are difficult and painful for students and teachers in American history classrooms. Classroom teachers must possess the appropriate pedagogical and historical resources to provide their students with an appropriate and meaningful examination of this challenging time period. Teaching the Causes of the American Civil War, 1850–1861 will attempt to provide these resources and teaching strategies to allow for the thoughtful inquiry, evaluation and assessment of this critical, complex and painful time period in American history.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • Citability of the eBook
  • Table of Contents
  • Images and Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword (Caroline R. Pryor, Erik Alexander, James Mitchell, Charlotte Johnson / Whitney Blankenship)
  • Introduction (Michael E. Karpyn)
  • Section 1: Historical Analysis
  • 1. Struggling to “Remember” the Causes of the American Civil War (Kevin Caprice, Ricky Dale Mullins / David Hicks)
  • 2. Slavery Was God’s Will: How Abolitionists Challenged Social and Theological Justifications for the Civil War (David Childs)
  • 3. Through the Heart: “Jim Brown” and the Murder of Dr. Walter Alves Norwood in Henderson County, Kentucky (Emily D. Moses)
  • 4. A Historical Inquiry into John Brown and His Raiders (John H. Bickford / Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz)
  • 5. 1860: The Election That Started the War (Elizabeth Barrow)
  • Section 2: Pedagogical Issues
  • 6. Facing Hard History: Confronting the Disconnect in Student Understanding of the Causes of the Civil War (Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz)
  • 7. Why Did the South Secede? Using Inquiry to Confront Contentious History (Carly Muetterties / Ryan A. Lewis)
  • 8. Civil War Memories: Untangling the Long and Difficult History of the Causes of the Civil War (Kevin Caprice, Ricky Dale Mullins / David Hicks)
  • 9. Collective Memory of Secession: On Outbreaks and Moral Acts (Gabriel A. Reich, Melanie L. Buffington / William R. Muth)
  • 10. The Civil War and the Inquiry Design Model (S.G. Grant, Kathy Swan / John Lee)
  • Section 3: Lesson Plans and Resources
  • Resources for Classroom Teachers (Caroline R. Pryor, Charlotte Johnson, Whitney Blankenship / Amy Wilkinson)
  • Appendix: Teaching the Causes of the American Civil War Using Inquiry Design Model: Lesson Plans and Resources for Classroom Teachers
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • Series index

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Karpyn, Michael E., editor.

About the author

Michael E. Karpyn teaches history, economics and U.S. government at Marple Newtown Senior High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in history from Gettysburg College, an MA in education from The Johns Hopkins University and an EdD in teaching, learning and curriculum from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a summer teacher fellow and sits on the Teacher Advisory Group for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About the book

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865, killing nearly 700,000 Americans and costing the country untold millions of dollars. The events of this tragic war are so steeped in the collective memory of the United States and so taken for granted that it is sometimes difficult to take a step back and consider why such a tragic war occurred. To consider the series of events that led to this war are difficult and painful for students and teachers in American history classrooms. Classroom teachers must possess the appropriate pedagogical and historical resources to provide their students with an appropriate and meaningful examination of this challenging time period. Teaching the Causes of the American Civil War, 1850–1861 will attempt to provide these resources and teaching strategies to allow for the thoughtful inquiry, evaluation and assessment of this critical, complex and painful time period in American history.

“Like all history, the Civil War ‘is never dead. It’s not even past.’ The authors in this volume highlight the many ways the Civil War continues to loom large in our national memory and offer thoughtful suggestions for how teachers might help their students critically examine the relationship between the past and present. As this volume persuasively argues—only by understanding our past can we collectively envision our future.”

—Abby Reisman, University of Pennsylvania

“No single event in American history generates as much passion—or as much distortion—as the Civil War. Providing rich historical analysis as well as practical suggestions for presenting it, this volume will help teachers illuminate the complexities of a conflict that continues to unite, divide and inspire us.”

—Jonathan Zimmerman, University of Pennsylvania

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Details

Pages
XIV, 196
ISBN (PDF)
9781433155284
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433155291
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433155307
ISBN (Softcover)
9781433174179
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433174315
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (August)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XIV, 196 pp., 19 b/w ill., 8 tables.

Biographical notes

Michael E. Karpyn (Volume editor)

Michael E. Karpyn teaches history, economics and U.S. government at Marple Newtown Senior High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in history from Gettysburg College, an MA in education from The Johns Hopkins University and an EdD in teaching, learning and curriculum from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a summer teacher fellow and sits on the Teacher Advisory Group for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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