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IMPORTANT – ***PLEASE DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCE*** ONLY USE THE FILE ATTACHED AND EVERYTHING SHOULD ONLY COME FROM THAT SOURCE ONLY.
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 slavery, and the role it played in motivating their participation.
Read Chapter 3 in James McPherson’s What They Fought For. (FILE ATTACHED SEPARATELY)
Write a 4-5 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):
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?
What were Union soldiers’ views on slavery?
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?
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?
Essays should include an introduction and conclusion, contain a clear organizational structure, and provide evidence from the reading to back up your argument.
Your response MUST include specific details or examples from the readings/podcast/articles assigned for your topic. Your paper should use ALL the required sources for your chosen topic in some way. You are also encouraged to incorporate relevant information from the weekly lesson and/or textbook to support your argument.
DO NOT copy sentences (particularly several in a row) from the assigned readings or transcripts of the podcast—this is plagiarism. You should summarize and analyze the information in your own words, and indicate any direct quotes you use with quotation marks (“”) and citations.
You MUST provide citations for all direct quotes you use from the readings. At the end of the quote, provide the following information:
For an article or chapter: (Author’s last name, page #)
For a podcast: cite the time of the quote.
For websites: cite the relevant webpage.
For Option 2, the citations will all be: (McPherson, page #). You cite the author of the chapter, not the soldier who said the quote.
You do not need to provide a Works Cited or Bibliography page.
***PLEASE DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCE*** ONLY USE THE FILE ATTACHED AND EVERYTHING SHOULD ONLY COME FROM THAT SOURCE ONLY.

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