Was the Civil War Worth the Cost to Our Nation?
Ask students to think of a recent argument they’ve had. It could be with a parent, a sibling, or with a friend. It should be a big argument that provoked emotions. Use one student’s example to build further discussion. Ask student to list the “costs” of this argument. Costs could be negative outcomes or negative consequences of having this argument. Now list the positive outcomes. Was it worth it? What if you never had the argument? Explain that it’s important to take a closer look at arguments to learn what can be done differently in the future. Sometimes it’s better to resolve things peacefully and sometimes it’s not. Take the larger issue of wars . . . of the American Civil War in particular. If we look more closely at the positive and negative effects, we can form opinions that affect the way we view this and other wars.
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