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the Civil War

It is June 1, 1861, and you are a person living in Tennessee. You can be any kind of person you wish, living anywhere in the state, and both of those situations can certainly affect the way you view secession.
Step 1, gather evidence (statistics, events, and examples) from your textbook and class lectures concerning events and issues leading up to the Civil War, including geography, politics, economics, slavery in Tennessee, technology, and how many states were still in the Union compared to the states that had left by June 1, 1863. In Tennessee at that time, one out of four people in the state were enslaved. Whites in Eastern Tennessee generally opposed secession, being mostly small farmers in mountainous areas. Whites in Western Tennessee largely supported secession, living in an area heavy in cash crops, plantations, and considerable slave labor. Whites in Middle Tennessee remained evenly divided.
Step 2, analyze the evidence. See if you would have supported Tennessee leaving the Union or staying in it.
Step 3, communicate your findings honestly to yourself and others. Engage in the online debate on whether Tennessee should secede. Note: this is a controversial subject. You are to conduct yourselves as responsible scholars and investigators. Communicate with evidence, not emotion. Go to the “Course Work” tab, select “Discussions,” and go to the appropriate discussion board. Write at least three new posts, and respond to at least three posts. Make each post specific to one issue, and state all the evidence that led you to that specific conclusion. Note: You can change your mind during the debate on whether you want Tennessee to secede or not. Keep in mind, the date is June 1, 1861. You don’t know what happens after that.