Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strengths and Weaknesses of the North and South going into the Civil War. This presentation asks some important questions about who had the edge heading into the war.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

  1. 1. Instructions Both the North and South entered the Civil War with certain strengths and weaknesses. 1. Tell whether each strength or weakness applies to the North or South. 2. Explain how it helps and/or hurts that region.
  2. 2. Has an Agricultural Economy. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  3. 3. Has a sharp sense of having been wronged. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  4. 4. Controls most of the nation’s money. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  5. 5. Has 70% of the nation’s railroads. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  6. 6. Is led from the beginning by smart, able generals. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  7. 7. Is fighting far from home. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  8. 8. Has 9x as many factories. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  9. 9. Is fighting to defend and hold home ground. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  10. 10. Controls both the merchant marine and the federal navy. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  11. 11. Has a strong, united home front. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  12. 12. Believes strongly in states’ rights. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  13. 13. Has no national government at first. 1. North or South? 2. How does this help and/or hurt the region?
  14. 14. Final Evaluation Based on the answers on the previous slides: 1. Which factor do you think is most important? 2. Which side, North or South, has the advantage in the Civil War? Explain you answer using your answers to the questions above.

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