Questions on Civil War Readings - HNRS 2000 Sections 6-10...

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HNRS 2000, Sections 6-10 Fall 2015 Critical Analysis: Why War? Assignment: Earle, “Beecher’s Bibles and Broadswords: Paving the Way for the Civil War in the West, 1854–1859” from Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West McPherson, “This War is a Crusade” and “We Were in Earnest” from For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought the Civil War Fetter-Vorm and Kelman, “The Flag”; “A Writ”; and “Opera Glasses”; from Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War Thursday, October 1 Reading Questions "Beecher's Bibles and Broadswords" 1. Explain the meaning of the title. How did technological advances affect the fighting in Kansas? 2. What are the primary motivations for each group (Free-State settlers, pro-slavery settlers, Missourians, New England aid groups) in the east Kansas conflict, and how does each group justify violent acts? 3. Closely examine the Brown clan's actions. Are they justified in engaging the pro-slavery side violence? Do you think their nighttime preemptive strike obeys the just war theory concept of
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