Friday, May 11, 2012

Final Project: Facebook History of the Civil War

Final Project Description
Tell the story of the American Civil War in a facebook format. On the day of your history final, you will have an opportunity to share your project with classmates and compete for awards (most historically accurate, funniest, best pop culture references, etc.). Your project must be professional in appearance (produced electronically).

Your project should demonstrate a deep familiarity with and understanding of the events, ideas, and people involved in the American Civil War.  This includes events leading up to the Civil War, the war itself, and the aftermath of the war.
Your project must include the following:
  1. Slavery’s roots (i.e., Jamestown, Constitutional Convention, Whitney’s cotton gin)
  2. Roots of state vs. national sovereignty (i.e., Great Compromise in the Constitutional Convention, Kentucky Resolutions, McCulloch v. Maryland, Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Crisis)
  3. Character(s) from Huckleberry Finn or Mark Twain
  4. Missouri Compromise
  5. Compromise of 1850
  6. Personal liberty laws
  7. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  8. Brooks canes Sumner
  9. New Political Parties emerge
  10. Dred Scott
  11. John Brown
  12. Election of 1860
  13. Secession and the creation of the Confederacy
  14. Fort Sumter
  15. Anaconda plan
  16. Bull Run
  17. McClellan
  18. Shiloh
  19. Farragut
  20. Ironclads
  21. New weapons (i.e., MiniƩ ball, rifles, long-range artillery, rear-loading firearms)
  22. Antietam
  23. The Trent Affair
  24. Emancipation Proclamation
  25. Copperheads
  26. 54th Massachusetts
  27. Clara Barton
  28. Wartime governmental actions (i.e., suspension of habeas corpus, conscription, income tax)
  29. Gettysburg (Killer Angels)
  30. Vicksburg
  31. Sherman’s March
  32. Appomattox
  33. Economic and human costs of the Civil War
  34. Thirteenth Amendment
  35. John Wilkes Booth

In addition to these events, you may include other events/people you think are significant.

Grading Criteria
Sequential:         Posts relating to the events should be in correct sequence and dates should reflect the chronology.
Accurate:             Information presented should be historically accurate and reflect an understanding of the significance of events and the people involved.
Complete:           All 35 events should be addressed.
Connected:        Posts should have comments showing how various individuals respond to each other and to historical developments.
Clever:                  Comments and posts should be fun. Historical figures and even people from pop culture should respond to each other in witty ways.
Appropriate:      Humor should be appropriate.
Professional:      The final product should be produced electronically.  Print a copy to bring to class the day of the final exam.  The following web application will allow you to recreate the facebook format: