Civil War

Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass


By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by an Article, a Photograph, and a Sound Recording from the Nineteenth Century (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured article, photographs, and related sound recordings can serve as a jumping off point into the study of a range of topics including westward expansion, the age of invention, and Native American culture.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7902/79021558.pdf

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A New View of Civil War Photography


--James A. Percoco
Cutting edge digital techniques that add richer perspective to nineteenth-century Civil War photographs will challenge students´ preconceived ideas about the war and enrich classroom instruction.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806280.pdf

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Challenging Students to Differentiate between Election Returns and Results with a Memo and a Telegram from 1864 (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents related to Abraham Lincoln’s reelection provide an excellent entry point into a lesson on the historical impact of elections and resulting political action.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514208...

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Teaching Students Sourcing and Contextualizing Strategies Using Newspapers and Lithographs (Sources and Strategies)


--Rebecca Newland
The featured primary sources related to the impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the time of its publication provoke important questions that will deepen students’ analytical skills and historical understanding.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7803/7803104.pdf

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Spielberg’s Lincoln Defines the President’s Emancipation Legacy


--David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln’s character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011344.pdf

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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Lights, Camera, . . . Reenaction! Creating Video as We Study the Civil War


--Angela Stokes
A video project challenges students to read, research, and interpret historical sources, then create a short drama that reflects their understanding of events. Journey through Hallowed Ground sponsored this project, but you can do a low-budget version at your school.

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Encountering the Complicated Legacy of Andersonville


--James A. Percoco
Teaching about the Civil War through the study of historic sites, such as the Confederate prison at Andersonville, challenges students to wrestle with tough interpretations of American history.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506326.pdf

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