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Please use the research you conducted with the US Census of 1860 and the specific events you further researched to create a post.  Your post should:

  1. Explain the evidence you have researched.
  2. Provide analysis which either supports or contradicts the themes found below.
  3. Please cite your sources at the end of your post using MLA or Chicago formatting.


Civil War

  1. Impact of Northern industrial resources on the outcome of the Civil War
  2. Emancipation Proclamation had a varied impact on the Union, Confederacy and the outcome of the war.
  3. Both the Union and the Confederacy mobilized their economies and societies while facing resistance at home
  4. Many African Americans fled southern plantations and enlisted in the Union Army helping to undermine the Confederacy
  5. Lincoln attempted to unify the nation through speeches such as Gettysburg, but he also used a forceful hand to limit domestic dissent


  1. Reconstruction ended slavery and altered relationships between the Federal Government and the States.
  2. Definitions of citizenship, particularly regarding the rights of African Americans, women and other minorities shifted dramatically during Reconstruction.
  3. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, while the 14th and 15th amendments granted African Americans citizenship, equal protection under the laws, and voting rights with some serious limitations.
  4. Women’s Rights movement was both emboldened and divided over the 14th and 15th amendments
  5. Radical and Lincoln Republicans had significant victories over the Southern Democrats but also had significant failures.
  6. Southern plantation owners continued to hold their private property, but established new labor systems limiting black and poor whites’ access to the land.
  7. Segregation, violence and local political tactics stripped away African American rights while the 14th and 15th amendments were not repealed.


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