Classroom Activities

Title Era Topic Theme Grade Level
Primary Source Activities
Civil War Kit Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850 to 1877) Civil War Change and continuity in American democracy: ideas, institutions, events, key figures, and controversies
Researching Local Civil War Soldiers Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850 to 1877) Civil War Change and continuity in American democracy: ideas, institutions, events, key figures, and controversies 8

Background Essays

Title Era Topic
Vermont in the Civil War (PDF) Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction
(1850 to 1877)
The Civil War

Timelines

Title Eras Topic Theme
Abolition Timeline Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction
(1850 to 1877)
The development of modern America
(1865 to 1920)
The Civil War Change and continuity in American democracy: ideas, institutions, events, key figures, and controversies

Freedom & Unity Exhibit Links

War and Industry, 1860-1910

Freedome & Unity

Bibliography

Archives from the town of Woodstock, Vermont 1860's

Freedom: Georgia's Antislavery Heritage by Michael Thurmond

Numbering the Bones by Lois Lowery

Between Two Rivers by Richard Peck

Introduction to Gettysburg by Haskell and Oates and selected excerpts or whole text

Introduction to Gettysburg: A Journey in Time and selected excerpts or whole text

"The Battleground" by Elsie Singmaster

"Lincoln's Gettysburg Address"

Eric Foner OAH Pamphlet on Reconstruction

The Land by Mildred Taylor

Meet Mildred Taylor, biography

Links

Vermont in the Civil War
VermontCivilWar.org is a grassroots effort attempting to document the story of Vermonters who served in the War of Rebellion, not only with official rosters and published books, but also previously unpublished diaries, letters, and journals.

Vermont in the Civil War: Two Soldiers' Stories
Elijah Brown and Edwin Horton are just a few of the many Vermonters who fought in the Civil War. Each wrote many letters home to his family describing the conditions in which he lived and his experiences.

Andersonville National Historic Site

The African-American Mosaic A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture

Gettysburg National Military Park

The Gettysburg Address

Using Civil War Photographs as Historical Evidence

Digital History Reconstruction Module

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Module

The Reconstruction Amendments: Official Documents as Social History

Freedmen's Bureau Online

Mildred Taylor