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Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Draw conclusions about why the following increased sectional tensions: • the Missouri Compromise (1820). • the Wilmot Proviso (1846). • the Compromise of 1850, including the Fugitive Slave Act. the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) and subsequent conflict in Kansas. • the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision (1857). • changes in the party system.


Describe the resistance of enslaved persons and effects of their actions before and during the Civil War.


Describe how major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention, such as disagreements over the distribution of political power, rights of individuals (liberty and property), rights of states, the election of the executive, and slavery, help explain the Civil War.


Discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural reasons for secession.


"Make an argument to explain the reasons why the North won the Civil War by considering the following: • critical events and battles in the war. • the political and military leadership of the North and South. • respective advantages and disadvantages of each side, including geographic,


"Examine Abraham Lincoln’s presidency with respect to: • his military and political leadership. • the evolution of his emancipation policy (including the Emancipation


Describe the role of African-Americans in the war, including black soldiers and regiments, and the increased resistance of enslaved people.


Construct generalizations about how the war affected combatants, civilians (including the role of women and Indigenous Peoples), the physical environment, and the future of warfare, including technological developments.


Compare the different positions concerning the reconstruction of Southern society and the nation, including the positions of President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Johnson, Republicans, Democrats, and African-Americans.


Describe the early responses to the end of the Civil War by describing: • the policies of the Freedmen’s Bureau. • the restrictions placed on the rights and opportunities of freedmen, including racial segregation and Black Codes.

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