In which John Green REALLY teaches about the civil war. In part one of our two parts, John looks at the causes of the war and the motivations of those who went to war. The overarching causes and the individual motivations were not always the same. John also examines why the North won and whether this result was inevitable. The benefits of the north for industry and population are examined, as are the problems of the confederation, including the need to build a nation while at war. As usual, John doesn’t get much into the real battle when the battle breaks down. He talks a little about the overarching strategy that won the war and Grant’s plan to overwhelm the South with numbers. Grant suffered many casualties in the final days of the war, but in the end it resulted in the surrender of the South. If you want to learn more about the civil war, we recommend these books:
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson
The Shelby Foote Civil War
Hello teachers and students, check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. There were many causes for the American Civil War and events that led to disagreement: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/causes-of-the-american-civil-war
At the beginning of the war, its outcome was determined by the different skills and resources of the divided north and south: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/a-nation-divided-north-vs-south
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