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Teacher's Guide - Civil War and Reconstruction



 Itinerary Overview

 11/22  -   Life in the Antebellum South

 11/25  -   Thanksgiving- No Update

 11/29  -   Life in the Antebellum North

 12/02  -   Paths of Resistance and Rebellion

 12/06  -   The Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad

 12/09  -   Flashpoints on the Road to the War

 12/13  -   The Civil War Through Emancipation

 12/16  -  The Civil War - Uncivil to the End

 12/20  -   The Fight for the Soul (and spoils) of the South

 01/03 -   The Old South with a New Face




11/18 - Life in the Antebellum South


  • Life on a Southern Plantation
  • The Booker T. Washington Plantation
  • Mark Twain and Life on the River
  • Food in the South
  • The Tobacco Industry Today



11/25 - Thanksgiving Break - No Update


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11/22 - Life in Antebellum North


  • Walt Whitman and the American Democracy
  • Herman Melville and Whaling
  • Food, Artisans, and Farms
  • Music and Dance
  • Racism in the North
  • Paths of Resisitance and Rebellion
  • Bounty Hunters and Solomon Northrup
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal

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12/02 - Paths of Resistance and Rebellion


  • Negro Gabriel
  • Denmark Vesey
  • Nat Turner
  • John Brown
  • Amistad Revolt
  • The Death Penalty Today


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12/6 - The Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad


  • The Fugitive Slave Act
  • The Underground Railroad
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Frederick Douglas
  • Liberia




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12/9 - Flashpoints on the Road to the War


  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 & the Compromise of 1850
  • Dred Scott
  • The Life & Election of Abraham Lincoln
  • The Confederacy Formed
  • Fort Sumter


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12/13 - The Civil War through Emancipation


  • The Early Battles
  • Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Women and the War
  • Indians in the Civil War
  • Youth in the Civil War
  • Children in Conflict around the World Today


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12/16 - The Civil War- Uncivil to the End


  • Blacks in the War
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Grant's Overland Campaign
  • Sherman's Campaigns
  • The Last Battle and Surrender at Appomattox
  • Lincoln's Assasination
  • Military Spending in the US Today


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12/20 - The Fight for the Soul (and the spoils) of the South


  • The Freedman's Bureau
  • Land Redistributed and Migration West
  • Sojourner Truth
  • The Black Codes and the Memphis Race Riot
  • The Rise of the KKK
  • The Radical Republicans Strike Back
  • Affirmative Action Today



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1/3 - The Old South with a New Face


  • African Americans in the Government
  • The Jim Crow Laws
  • Stopping the Black Vote
  • Booker T. and the Atlanta Compromise
  • Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, and Bate's March
  • Hate Crimes Today



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