Reading Guide for Week Thirteen
Text: Divine, Chapter 15, 4/18/00
Special Topics: The Republican Party
and the South
Total War: Sherman and the South
Answer one of the following text questions:
Primary Source Assignment:
What was the significance of Abraham Lincoln's
election in 1860?
What advantages and disadvantages did the North
and the South bring with them into the Civil War?
What was the impact of the Civil War on the role
of the federal government in American life?
Read both Lincoln's address and the accompanying
newspaper comment before addressing the ensuing questions.
Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, March 7, 1861
Newspaper Comment on Lincoln's Address
Enquirer, March 7, 1861
York Tribune, March 9, 1861
Va., Spectator, March 12, 1861, page 2, column 3, "Lincoln's Inaugural"
Answer at least two of the following primary
For more information about the secession crisis,
What was the status of the Union when Lincoln
gave his first inaugural address?
What did Lincoln propose to do about the status
of the Union?
Were the President's remarks conciliatory or confrontational?
How do you know?
How was his speech received in the South?
Do you think civil war was inevitable by the time
Lincoln gave his speech? Why? Why not?