Causes and Effects of the Civil War

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10152

The Civil War was the deadliest war in America's history. Why would such a tragedy happen? Through video, research, and a project, learn the five causes of the war and the good that came out of it!


United States

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Do you know which was the deadliest war in the history of the United States? This war killed more Americans than all other wars we have been involved in combined!

The Civil War was the deadliest war for America, because more Americans died in that war than in any other war in history.

Most people believed that the war would be quick, and actually viewed the first battles of the wars as entertainment, sitting over the hills watching them unfold. The Civil war raged on for 4 years, from 1861-1865, killing an estimated 620,000 men.

What caused such an ugly war between the northern and southern states?

Watch this Top 5 Causes of the Civil War video from ThoughtCo. As you watch the video, take notes when you hear about a cause for the war. You can also read the "What Caused the Civil War?" article above the video for more details.

When you have absorbed the information, move on to the Got It? section to create a picture strip about the Civil War.

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