Blogging History: Interpreting Civil War-Era Primary Sources

Overview | In this lesson, students examine the new Times Opinionator series Disunion, which “follows the Civil War as it unfolded.” They then analyze Civil War-era primary sources to use as writing prompts for their own contributions to a Civil War blog.

Materials | Civil War-era primary sources, including news articles, photographs and paintings; copies of the handout Saying What’s Unsaid (PDF), primary document analysis worksheets, American history textbooks, computers with Internet access.

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