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The Emancipation Proclamation 150th

The Civil War Trust has launched a new web feature devoted to the Emancipation Proclamation. Find an array of primary source documents, images, articles, quizzes, and high quality lesson plans all related to the Emancipation Proclamation.

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From the Educators

August 2012
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

We are entering the busiest time of Civil War 2012-and probably the most relevant to the Civil War topics teachers teach-the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam and the issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. We are creating and posting content like crazy and we hope you will share much of it with your students.

Check out our new Emancipation Proclamation feature, our new Battle of Antietam hub, our new Antietam videos and keep a look out for our upcoming animated map, smartphone Battle App and a panoramic Antietam project that will knock your socks off.

Best of luck as the school year begins!

Garry Adelman
Director of History and Education


Antietam 150 Years Later

Antietam As we approach the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, check out our Antietam Battlefield page which includes videos, articles, books, and other great educational resources.

Antietam »

Antietam Related Education Materials »


Best Lesson Plan Contest Winners

Lesson Plan Contest Winners After reviewing many excellent submissions, we have selected the winners in the 2012 Best Lesson Plan Contest sponsored by HISTORY. Download them and use them in your classroom for free!

See the Winning Lessons »


New Discoveries through Photography

New Discoveries through Photography Wondering how to use photography as a primary source? Interested in engaging visual learners? Check out our new Cedar Mountain photography page and see how our historians used photographs to uncover new information.

View the Photographs »


South Dakota Students Bring Civil War History to Life

South Dakota Students Bring Civil War History to Life Students from Hermosa Middle School in Hermosa, South Dakota, recently brought Civil War history to life through artifacts and a visit to their local cemetery, where Civil War veterans are buried.

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Moments in Time – Wilson's Creek

Moments in Time Learn about the Battle of Wilson's Creek through the personal accounts of the soldiers who fought there. Maps displaying the soldiers' locations in the battle are also included. A great way to teach with primary sources and maps.

Moments in Time »

Book of the Month

The Ever-After Bird

The Ever-After Bird
Ann Rinaldi
Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006.

When thirteen-year old Cecelia witnesses the death of her Abolitionist father, she wants to have nothing to do with the Underground Railroad or protecting slaves. However, when her Uncle Alex becomes her guardian, she becomes drawn into his activities to disseminate information about the Underground Railroad to slaves in the South. Uncle Alex is a doctor and an ornithologist, and he uses his expeditions to the South to search for the rare scarlet ibis as a cover for his activities. Slaves call the ibis the "ever-after bird", because if one is spotted, the slaves believe they will be set free for ever after. Cecelia learns more than she expected or wanted to know, but she learns just how far she will go to help stand up to the horrors of slavery. Like all of Rinaldi's books, this is well-researched, with young characters and situations that will interest young readers while at the same time teaching them much about American history.

Special thanks to Rosanne Zajko for her book reviews! If you have a Civil War book that you particularly like, or would like to review for this newsletter, send it in to education@civilwar.org. Thanks!

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives Q. What battle provided the necessary Union "victory" that Lincoln felt he needed in order to issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q. Upon hearing of Emancipation Proclamation, this ambitious Union general informed his soldiers that "the remedy for political errors... is to be found only in the action of the people at the polls."

Answers from the Archives »


Civil War on the Web

  • Lincoln at 200 »
    In celebration of the 2009 bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, The Newberry Library and Chicago History Museum have collaborated on a website that explores his presidency and legacy
  • Ourdocuments.gov »
    This website, courtesy of the National Archives, lets you examine information and scans of historic documents. Among the 100 Milestone Documents are many relating to the Civil War, including the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. Discover these historic documents here
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