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Option 2-Union and Confederate

soldiers• views, personally, on what they

were fighting for in the Civil War, and

particularly their views on slavery.

• Thanks to the emphasis on literacy in

the Early Republic era, more than 80%

of Confederate soldiers and 90% of

Union soldiers could read and write

(which was very high for any army in the

world at the time). Soldiers on both

sides of the war wrote frequent letters

home, which left us with a fantastic

source of first-hand knowledge about

the conditions soldiers faced in the war

and what they felt they were fighting for.

Historian James McPherson spent

years looking through Civil War soldiers’

letters to give us a sense of what the

war was like for the men who fought

it. In chapter 3 of his book, which you

will read, he looked specifically at

Confederate and U.S. soldier’s views on

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Confederate and U.S. soldier’s views on

slavery, and the role it played in

motivating their participation.

• Read Chapter 3 in James

McPherson’s What They Fought For.

o Scanned pdf of the cha嚀OR

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• Write a 3-4 page (double spaced)

paper responding to the following

prompts, with specific, detailed

references to the chapter (i.e., your

paper must demonstrate that you

completed the assigned chapter, and

thought critically about it):

o What role did the issue of slavery

play in how Confederate soldiers

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o What role did the issue of slavery

play in how Confederate soldiers

(both slaveowners AND non-

slaveowners) viewed the Civil War

and their understanding of what they

were fighting for?

o What were Union soldiers’views on

slavery?

o How did soldiers on each side

explain their views? What words did

they use to explain their views, and

what did they mean with those

words?

o McPherson argues that

many Union soldiers’views on

slavery changed throughout the Civil

War. What do the letters written by

Union soldiers during the war tell us

about when, how and why their

views changed?

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• Your response MUST include specific details

or examples from the

readings/podcast/articles assigned for your

topic. You are also encouraged to incorporate

relevant information from the weekly lesson

and/or textbook to support your argument.

• Any copying of ideas or information from an

internet source, aside from sources provided

above, will be considered plagiarism and will

resu It in an F on the paper. Your papers will be

checked with anti-plagarism software when

you submit it.

• You MUST provide citations for all direct

quotes you use from the readings. At the end

of the quote, provide the following information:

o For an article or chapter: (Author’s last

name, page#)

o For a podcast: cite the time of the quote.

o For websites: cite the relevant webpage.

o For Option 2, the citations will all be:

(McPherson, page #}. You cite the author of

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and/or textbook to support your argument.

• Any copying of ideas or information from an

internet source, aside from sources provided

above, will be considered plagiarism and will

resu It in an F on the paper. Your papers will be

checked with anti-plagarism software when

you submit it.

• You MUST provide citations for all direct

quotes you use from the readings. At the end

of the quote, provide the following information:

o For an article or chapter: (Author’s last

name, page#}

o For a podcast: cite the time of the quote.

o For websites: cite the relevant webpage.

o For Option 2, the citations will all be:

(McPherson, page #}. You cite the author of

the chapter, not the soldier who said the

quote.

o You do not need to provide a Works Cited

or Bibliography page.

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