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John Brown's Raid

"I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood."

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Civil War CWPT will be offering a vast array of educational materials related to events and battles in commemoration.

John Brown's Raid of Harpers Ferry, October 16-18, 1859, is what many call a trigger event to the war. Explore this theory and other controversial aspects of the raid that still linger today.

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From the Educators

October 2009
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

We hope that your summer has been just as exciting as ours. As you can see from our new e-newsletter we have been hard at work here at CWPT.

The 2009 Teacher Institute was a success for all. While teachers took away a vast amount of resources, knowledge, and materials, we met many teachers and historians who gave us great insight, ideas, and offered their expertise in further developing our programs.

As always we are on the lookout for great material and resources to share. We are beginning to post videos of tours, history discussions, and student made videocasts. And as always we will continue to bring in and make available teacher made, battle tested lesson plans. So stay connected.

- Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs

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2009 Teacher Institute

2009 Teacher Institute

"The opportunity to gather a variety of different ways to teach the Civil War." -Teacher Attendee
The 8th Annual Teacher Institute offered workshops, discussions with noted historians, networking opportunities, and battlefield tours.

Pictures, video, and news from the event »


Third Winchester Student Videos

Third Winchester Student Videos

Need an example of how our Civil War battlefields can be the best of classrooms? Check out these student-produced videos of the Third Winchester battlefield in Winchester, Virginia. This summer enrichment program involved twenty 8th graders, a video camera, and one great battlefield.

Watch the Videos »


Victors, Not Victims: The USCT in the Civil War

Victors, Not Victims

Hari Jones, Curator of the African American Civil War Museum, discusses the role of African Americans in the Civil War at the 2009 Teacher Institute. Hear stories of victorious African American freedom fighters and Lincoln's Legal Loyal League.

CWPT Video: Victors, Not Victims »


The Battle of Franklin... Animated

Franklin Animated Map

The Second Battle of Franklin, Tennessee fought on November 30, 1864, was one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War. Learn more about the campaign leading up to Franklin and the actions of that fateful late November day. You can also utilize our new Franklin Animated Map to aide instruction on the Battle of Franklin, display what a Civil War battle looked like, and teach mapping skills.

View the Franklin Animated Map »


Civil War Trivia

Civil War Trivia

A. In what year did the word "deadline" first appear in print?

B. The following paragraph is from which famous Civil War document?
"Under the pretense of supporting the Constitution, but in violation of its most valuable provisions, your citizens have been arrested and imprisoned upon no charge, and contrary to all forms of law; the faithful and manly protest against this outrage made by the venerable and illustrious Marylanders to whom in better days, no citizens appealed for right in vain, was treated with scorn and contempt; the government of your chief city has been usurped by armed strangers; your legislature has been dissolved by the unlawful arrest of its members; freedom of the press and of speech, of the Federal Executive, and citizens ordered to be tried by a military commission for what they may dare to speak."

C. Which famous Confederate cavalry officer was shot through the heart at the Battle of Port Republic?

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Civil War Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Teaching about the Civil War - an incredibly complex time period - is challenging for even the most experienced teachers. By using these materials you can help make your class engaging, rigorous, and relevant to today's students.

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Civil War on the Web


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