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Civil War, Civil Rights, and Vatican II

Thesis statement!

The connection between the issues surrounding the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and the Catholic Church Reform were all accomplished by famous leaders who were excited about seeing a change made to make the world a better place.

What are the key points of the driving question?

The key points of the Driving Question are the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, the Church Reformation and the connections between those events.

The Driving Question: "What are the connections between the issues surrounding the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and Church Reform (especailly as seen through the lens of our Catholic Faith)?"

What is my answer to the driving question?

They involved great leaders such as MLK, JFK, and Pope John XXIII.

Here is some interesting info. on the Civil War.

#1 The war began when the Confederates bombarded Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861. The war ended in Spring, 1865. Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. The last battle was fought at Palmito Ranch, Texas, on May 13, 1865.

#2 At the beginning of the war the Northern states had a combined population of 22 million people. The Southern states had a combined population of about 9 million. This disparity was reflected in the size of the armies in the field. The Union forces outnumbered the Confederates roughly two to one.

#3 Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. This number comes from an 1889 study of the war performed by William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore. Both men fought for the Union. Their estimate is derived from an exhaustive study of the combat and casualty records generated by the armies over five years of fighting.

Here is some interesting info. on the Civil Rights movement.

The civil rights movement has been called the Second Reconstruction, in reference to the Reconstruction imposed upon the South following the Civil War. During this period, the fourteenth amendment (1868)—granting equal protection of the laws—and fifteenth amendment (1870)—giving the right to vote to all males regardless of race—were ratified, and troops from the North occupied the South from 1865 to 1877 to enforce the abolition of slavery

Here is some interesting info. on Vatican II

Vatican II (1962-1965) had more than 2600 bishops. 2908 eligible to attend including theologians and others the total neared 3000. Vatican II was the first Ecumenical Council to have electric lights, telephones, typewriters, and other modern means of communication & transportation. It was the first to be covered by newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV.

Here is a song about MLK☺


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Here is a song about the Vatican

Tom Lehrer - The Vatican Rag