Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Monday, September 13, 2004


This is an area where you may place any comments about the current project on the Causes of the Civil War. Feel free to help one another out by listing your causes, links to resources or any questions. I will also provide any help possible. Good Luck.

Mr. Warsnak


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would a possiv=ble cause be the KS-Neb Act?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

I would think that you could use the Kansas-Nebraska Act as a possible cause as long as you do two things:

1. Explain how it helped to lead to the Civil War (What was it about this peicce of legislation that helped to lead to the split between the two sides. How did it change the on going brewing conflict between the North and the South.)

2. Tell what other events tie in with this to lead to the war.

NOTE: I would also ask that you proofread your post and it might be helpful to sign your first name.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

We talked earlier about the panics of 1837 and 1857. Would the gold rush be the main event that happened in between these two events?

7:44 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Yes, it was the discovery of gold in 1848 and the subsequent goldrush in 1849 (Thar’s gold in dem dar hills!!!!). This is one of the interesting things about the study of history. Gold is discovered and everyone is happy. People flood to Cali and start mining those beautiful nuggets of gold. Then cometh the unintended result. The gold hits the market and the value of the US dollar drops. Inflation begins to sore and the North enters a panic. Here are my questions about this interesting part of history:

How would the South view these events and what would they point out?

If there are two societies in the US at this time how does this event help contribute to the coming war?

8:07 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Here are some causes that other students are working on for our class discussion:

Sam: 2nd Great Awakening
Creation of the Republican Party

Justin: Sectionalism

Eileen: State Rights
Fear of the “Slave Power”

Aaron: Division in Congress

Carla: Invention cotton gin
3/5 compromise

John: Compromise of 1850
Election of Lincoln

Beth: Mexican War
Wilmot Proviso

Jonathan: Panic of 1857
Political Turmoil

Lelah: Kansas-Nebraska Act
Election of 1860

Nathan: Lincoln’s election in 1860
Missouri Compromise

Dale: Mexican War/ Wilmot Proviso
Southern seccession

4:33 PM  
Blogger samantha said...

How might one tie togother the effects of tariffs, nullificationl rights, and states rights all in one as a cause? Or is it to much

8:15 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

I love this question from Sam. It forces one to think about history. Here are a few hints:

1. The ideas of Nullification were use against what executive actions in 1816, 1824, 1828 and most importantly in 1832? What was the goal of those actions?

2. In order to have nullification a state must have power over the National Government which is the doctrine of ____________?

I hope these hints help but they lead me to another question:

If the idea of secession would have been eliminated at the Constitutional Convention would the Civil War ever had occurred? Would the states even have ratified the Constitution?

8:36 PM  
Blogger samantha said...

Don't forget... where did you get Rommel, your dog, from? :)

7:49 PM  

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