Overview of Unit Plan
The students will learn the events and concepts that prompted the Civil War from 1846-1861. This will include regional differences, political gains and losses (Compromise of 1850, Wilmot Proviso, Election of 1860, etc…), individual events (John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry, Charles Sumner Affair, Fort Sumter, etc…) and many more. They will understand the functioning of the country before the Civil War and how the impending crisis affected individuals. The students will also understand the meaning of the word secession and how it would affect the country.