Assignment is below the video...
The video above discusses Lincoln's legacy and assassination, an assassination that occurred just as the Civil War had ended.

However, just because the war was over, it did not mean that the issues that divided America had gone away.  This was a time period called "Reconstruction" simply saying that our nation needed our ideas and foundation reconstructed or rebuilt.

Southern states still hated northerners, many places still had slaves, and our nation was still divided. Congress, the Presidency, and our Judicial System set out to fix many of these issues

In your post this week complete the following:
  1. Read the Study Island lesson on Reconstruction
  2. Select 3 acts, amendments, court cases, or laws discussed in the Study Island lesson
  3. For each of the 3 please describe what it was, explain how it helped bring Americans together (or if it tore them apart), and if it  is still in effect today.
  4. This should be well organized and submitted in the comment section
  5. If you use information from another source besides Study Island...cite it!
This week take a look at the leaders of the Civil War mentioned in Study Island and written below.  Your job is to write a dialog (or conversation) between the a leader from the Union Leaders and a leader from the Confederate Leaders.

Topic for dialog: Each leader should talk about their views and roles in the Civil War.

Dialog should be at least 5 lines per Leader.

Example of Dialog (this example would is 1 line per Leader):
Lincoln: My name is Abraham Lincoln and was President during the civil war
Robert E. Lee: This is Robert E Lee leader of the Confederate Army.
and so on...........
Union Leaders:
  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George McClellan
  3. George Meade
  4. Ulysses S. Grant
  5. William Tecumseh Sherman

Confederate Leaders:
  1. Jefferson Davis
  2. Robert E. Lee
  3. Thomas Stonewall Jackson
There were many causes leading up to the civil war.  

"By the early 1800s, the North and the South were developing very different ways of life. These differences, including the debate over slavery, states' rights, and differing economic and social goals, were ultimately the cause of the American Civil War."

Assignment: Choose one of the following causes of the civil war that are described in Study Island...
-Slavery and Sectionalism
-The Missouri Compromise
-Webster-Hayne Debate and the Nullification Debate
-Compromise of 1850
-Fugitive Slave Act
-John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

In this blog post do the following for the cause you choose...
  1. Include a description of the event in 5 or more sentences (5 points)
  2. Write a description on how the north viewed this event (2.5 points)
  3. Write a description on how the south viewed this event (2.5 points)
  4. In 2-3 sentences write your own view on this event/how you feel about it (2.5 points)
  5. Your writing should be well organized and have few spelling errors ...includes a description of where you found your information....for example, Study Island, Wikipedia, ect. (2.5 points)

The white population of the new United States did not stretch far beyond the eastern seaboard until the 19th century. The British Proclamation of 1763, the War of 1812, geological barriers  and the lack of modern-day transportation all provided resistance against westward migration. But by the mid-1800s, the concept of Manifest Destiny–the belief that Americans had a divine right to expand their territory–gained footing, and Americans began to buy into the inevitability of settling both unexplored and already-claimed western frontiers, including the lands that now make up Texas, California, Colorado and Oregon. (from

MORE VIDEOS on Westward Expansion

Assignment:  Create two arguments for the land gained in the Louisianan Purchase.  Please use facts from the video and Study Island to create your arguments.  Feel free to use internet resources to find additional information...please list your references. 
  1. Argue from the point of view of the United States.  Understanding the concept of Manifest Destiny, why should the American have the right to this land, and why is the right of the French to sell it?
  2. Argue from the point of view of the Native Americans.  Why should the land be theirs and should they be angry about the USA taking their land.  Explain in detail. 

OH Grade 8, Social Studies Standard History 8
Describe and analyze the territorial expansion of the United States including:
  1. Northwest Ordinance;
  2. The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition;
  3. Westward movement including Manifest Destiny;
  4. The Texas War for Independence and the Mexican-American War.

Today you are to investigate one current news event.  For this you can either read an article from an online newspaper (links are below) or watch a video from a network news station.

Steps to complete your assignment:
  1. Find an article
  2. Read or watch the story
  3. Summarize the story in 4-6 sentences
  4. Create a time line for your story with at least 5 dates/events (if you cant find 5 dates research the topic and find out some history on it)
  5. Write a 2 sentence response to your summary.  Include your reaction to reading the article.
  6. Post your article on the comment section of this blog post and include the link to your article or video.
Newspaper links: