•                                         Pre-Civil War


    I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.              ~Henry Clay~

    The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised. ~John C. Calhoun~

    From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.   Charles Sumner


    ““I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.” ~Daniel Webster~

     "To respect the rights of the State governments is the inviolable duty of that of the Union; the government of every State will feel its own obligation to respect and preserve the rights of the whole." John Quincy Adams

    Unit Overview: This unit examines the events the led to the Civil War. The people, viewpoints, facts, and controversial issues prior to this war are examined as a problem-solving topics for discussion groups. Students will discuss why these events happen and what alternative solutions to these issues could have been developed.     Did these events led to an inevitable war or could it have been prevented?


    Learning objectives:

    • understanding the causes of the Civil War
    • developing problem solving skills for issues
    • identifying key events and details that led to the Civil War
    • drawing conclusion about these events in cause and effect relationships
    • writing expository essays
    • analyzing primary sources
    • developing questioning skills
    • discussing topics in an academic setting (Socratic seminar) 

         The primary source for class assignments, homework, and tests are the daily classroom agenda and planner. This website is considered a secondary source of information.

Pre civil war assignments

  • All
  • Daniel Webster and Nullification
  • Frederick Douglass-Defense of Slavery
  • Geography-Unionist in Texas
  • Guided Reading 12-4
  • Polk's inaugural address
  • Slave imports and Texas Population
  • Texas Secession 15-1

Civil War Videos

  • All
  • Amazing grace
  • Causes of Civil War
  • Charles Sumner
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Douglass July 4 speech
  • Dred Scott
  • Dred Scott decision
  • Election 1860
  • Harriet Stowe
  • Harriet Tubman
  • John Brown
  • Kanasa Nebraska Act 1854
  • Kansas Nebraska Act
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Missouri compromise 1820
  • Nullification Crisis 1832
  • President Lincoln
  • Republican Party
  • Republican Party 1856
  • Tariffs on European Goods
  • Texas annexation
  • Texas Becomes a State
  • Uncle Tom Cabin
  • War with Mexico

Pre civil war resources

  • All
  • Abolitionist and Compromise civil war
  • Caning Charles Sumner
  • Charles Sumner: Crime against Kansas
  • Compromise 1850-Fugitive Slave Act
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Declaration of Causes Texas
  • Disucssion, Debate, Dialouge
  • Dred Scott Case 1857
  • Dred Scott Mock Trial
  • Dred Scott video
  • Events leading to the Civil War
  • Frederick Douglass
  • John Brown song
  • John Brown's address
  • John Brown's Harper Ferry video
  • John O Sullivan vs Annexation Texas
  • Kansas Nebraska Act video
  • Kansas-Nebraska act 1854
  • Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
  • Missouri Compromise 1820
  • Missouri Compromise Key Map
  • Nullification Act
  • Nullification Crisis 1832
  • Pre Civil War Events
  • Repeal of Missouric compromise
  • Republican and Lincoln 1861
  • Socratic seminar discussion rubric
  • Speech 1854-Lincoln
  • Speech by Lincoln-1854
  • Texas Annexation
  • Texas Secession 1861
  • Topic and resources links
  • Topic, Quotes and resources
  • Tubman Underground railroad
  • Tubman Underground Railroad reading
  • Uncle Tom article
  • Uncle Tom novel
  • Uncle Tom video
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin 1852
  • Underground railroad
  • Video: Douglass 4th July speech

Texas-Civil War websites

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  • Civil War and literture
  • Civil War essay
  • Civil war resource
  • Digital history of Civil War
  • Emancipation Proclamation1863
  • Harpers Weekly-Civil War
  • Ken Burn's Civil War
  • Lincoln-Greeley 1862
  • Texas civil war battles
  • Texas civil war ppt
  • Timeline of Civil War
  • TSHA-Texas and Civil WAr
  • U.S. Constitution
  • U.S. Constitution source