Civil War and Reconstruction
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Civil War Teacher Guides:
The Emancipation Proclamation: A Primary Source Analysis - The Emancipation Proclamation is a seminal document for study and analysis in American History. The Proclamation itself serves as a window to the language and ideas of its time and how President Abraham Lincoln aimed to end the raging Civil War. By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards.
Teacher Guide to the Civil War - Looking for ways to get your students to think like historians? Check out this teacher guide that will help bring the U.S. Civil War to life through storyboards! Create Amazing StoryBoards and Comics
Civil War/Reconstruction Classroom Resources
- Nearly 150 titles on the Civil War that encourage varied methods of active learning, including analyzing primary sources and participating in simulations.
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of the Civil War
- Covers the time leading up to the Civil War,
the war itself, and the implementation of segregation after Reconstruction.
The students should recognize the fight against slavery was only one
part, but an important one, in the series of events that culminated
in the Civil War. While the thirteenth Amendment prohibited slavery
after the war, segregation replaced it as a social and economic fact
in the South.
Primary Source Documents:
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - the most famous speech of U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted famous speeches
in United States history. It was delivered at the dedication of the
Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November
19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after
the Battle of Gettysburg.
Known Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg - These modern prints showing
the crowd around the platform at Gettysburg and a detail from that
picture of President Lincoln on the platform were made from the original
glass plate negative at the National Archives.
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