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New Primary Source Set: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Published on Sun, 11/13/2016

[caption id="attachment_9910" align="alignright" width="237"]Reply to the Bonnie Blue Flag, the unofficial banner of the Confederate States of America. Reply to the Bonnie Blue Flag, the unofficial banner of the Confederate States of America.[/caption] The Emerging America program at the Educational Collaborative in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is pleased to announce a new primary source set on the Civil War and Reconstruction! The following set of materials focuses on the Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction. The Library of Congress holds the best collection of primary sources anywhere on the subject and the following primary source set reflects the abundance of not only materials but also lesson plans, web guides and exhibits available. Each set of materials features some of the most significant yet engaging and classroom-friendly resources including photos, drawings, newspaper articles, speeches, maps, and songs. Each item in this set focuses on a vital point in the conflict and its aftermath. By carefully selecting from the hundreds of thousands of primary source documents, the items in this set offer clear and meaningful opportunities for students to dig deeper. (See also the CES Primary Source Set: “Slavery and Antislavery”).   The set offers an abundance of primary set materials and a wide range of tools well suited for instruction. Develop an interdisciplinary lesson plan with your students by exploring the Civil War Music collection. Dive into the hearts and minds of Civil War Soldiers by analyzing The Liljenquist Family Collection’s sizeable compilation of photos and letters from Confederate and Union soldiers. The opportunities for both guided and independent learning are extensive. View more details, or download and access the primary source set online.  Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.

Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.