The country was divided. A “nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” was struggling to define that equality in light of slavery and calls for emancipation. Questions stalked the minds of political leaders and citizens alike: What was the nature of the federal union and Constitution in relation to state sovereignty? How would the war progress and end, and how would the nation rebuild? As a teacher of American History, you know there is nothing remotely boring about the Civil War and Reconstruction.
But for students in the 21st century, the era conjures up images of muskets and southern belles–if any images at all–making it difficult for them to connect with the real human emotions and events experienced during the time. The Teaching American History Civil War and Reconstruction Toolkit, centered on original documents, is designed to bring you and your classroom face to face with the realities:
- Essential speeches, proclamations, letters, and messages from the era, such as South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession, Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to Horace Greeley, and more
- Webinars that explore moments, documents, and amendments in detail, including The Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Assassination.
- Huge, interactive online exhibits on The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial and The Civil War Sesquicentennial.
- Archived courses from our Presidential Academy
- Detailed lesson plans
You can use some or all of these Toolkit resources, tailoring them to your curriculum, schedule, and students’ needs. When you plan a lesson around a Core Document or corresponding resource, you will start to see your students making connections that bring the Civil War to life.
Accessing the Civil War & Reconstruction Toolkit is easy. Just click on the link below and find everything you need to bring the drama, voices, and complexities of the Civil War into your classroom today!
SYNOPSIS: Add original documents, letters, and dynamic lesson plans into your high school American history Civil War era curriculum.