Please note the assignment schedule:
Monday 2/9 - TEST (Antebellum Era); first set of research notes due today.
Friday 2/13 - Reading and notes on 6.2 ("The First Two Years of the War") due today. Questions on Lincoln's first inaugural address due at the beginning of class.
Tuesday 2/17 - Second set of research notes due today.
Wednesday 2/18 - Reading and notes on 6.3 ("War Brings Change") due today.
Thursday 2/19 - Please answer and be prepared to discuss the following questions on the Sullivan Ballou letter:
- Sullivan writes that he is “communing with God, my country, and thee.” What is his relationship to the claims that each of these make upon his life?
- Images of “wind ” and “breath” appear and reappear in the letter. How are these images related at different times to “God, my country, and thee?"
- Sullivan says that he is perfectly willing to die to pay the debt owed to those who fell in the American
Revolution. What debt, if any, do you feel we owe to Sullivan Ballou and other men like him?
Friday 2/20 - Reading and notes on 6.4 ("Reconstruction") due today. Complete the following questions on your Civil War letter; be prepared to read and discuss your letter with the class:
- What can we infer about the letter writer at the time the Civil War started, his or her home, family members, work, level of education? How do you know?
- Can we tell which side the author of this letter supported, the Union or Confederacy? If so, how do we know? Give specifics.
- What is happening during the Civil War at the time the letters were written?
- If the author is a man, why do you think he has enlisted? Does he say anything about the views or attitudes he holds that have led him to make the commitment to fight, or can we infer them in any way?
- If the author is a woman, does she say anything that enables us to know which side of the conflict she supports and why?
- If either the author or recipient is a woman, what can we learn about the lives of women during the Civil War from the letters? How did women make sacrifices for or contributions to the war effort, even though they themselves could not fight or hold political power?
- What personal concerns does the author express? Is the Civil War the only threat to his or her well being and happiness?
- How important does it appear to be for the author to receive letters and/or to write letters at this time? Why?
- By searching the Internet site where the letters appear, or any other sources, what can you discover about the letter writer?
Monday 2/23 - Third set of research notes due today.
Monday 3/2 - Thesis claim of research paper (Step 4) due today - we will discuss and revise your claims in class on Monday.
Tuesday 3/3 - DBQ on the Civil War due at the end of class - you will have the entire class period to write on Tuesday.
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