NPS Primary Theme: The Civil War culminated eighty years of sectional tensions— tensions begot at various times and places by debate over economic policies and practices, cultural values, the extent and reach of the Federal government, but, most importantly, the role of slavery within an American society striving for identity and economic strength on the world stage.
NPS Secondary Theme: Though various Southern states clearly linked secession to the debate over slavery, the cause that motivated individual soldiers often differed from the causes of the war itself. Rather, the motivation of the individual soldier often derived from a complex mix—that sometimes changed during the war—of personal, social, economic and political values that at times contrasted with war aims expressed by the respective governments.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then describe in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.