The Three C's


The Three C’s

Every event has causes. Every event has the event itself, its narrative and that’s the course of the event and every event has consequences. This is a very simple way to summarize any historical event.

How to do it: Each “C” should be written in complete sentences.

  • Causes:

    • There are both long term and immediate causes of an event. Long term is usually factors, trends and conditions. They go well back in time before the actual event. An example would be economic rivalry and slavery are long term causes of the American Civil War.

    • Immediate causes are often events in itself.  Something which actually trigger the event in question. These lead right up to the event itself. For example the attack on Fort Sumter is the immediate cause of the Civil War.  To fully understand the event you need to identify both.

  • Course:

    • This is the heart of the narrative, what actually happened in the event. So back to the Civil War example, here is where you would discuss the key battles of the war or issues as they occurred.

  • Consequences:

    • Just like the causes there are immediate and long term consequences. Immediate would be the things that occur right away.  For example in war, it would be the peace treaty, who won or lost,

    • Long term consequences would be the impact of the victory, the impact of the defeat. For our Civil War example the economic depression created in the South because of their lose would be discussed.