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A Brief Overview of the American Civil War

Updated August 24, 2021 The Civil War is the central event in America's historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be.  learn more

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Civil War Curriculum Lesson Plans: Middle School

The following lesson plans have been created by educators, leading historians, and the American Battlefield Trust Education Department for classroom use in middle school grades six through nine. The Middle School Civil War Curriculum is a set of eight standards-based lesson plans, that utilizes a mixture of traditional and modern teaching methods. Below are the curriculum lessons along…  learn more

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Civil War: Classroom Materials at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.  learn more