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The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War

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Today is the 145th anniversary of the ending of the American Civil War. Here’s the description from Answers.com:

Apr 9, 1865. At 1:30 pm General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, VA. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and sidearms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender.

I thought this might be a good opportunity for another “The Best…” list.

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Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About the American Civil War (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

To start-off with, I’m going to direct you to my United States History Classes blog. You can find my entire year’s curriculum there, though here are links to the lessons specifically about the Civil War:

Civil War Question

The Southern States Leave

The Civil War

Abraham Lincoln

In addition to the multiple activities and links in those posts, here are a few more resources:

The Best Civil War Photos from LIFE.

How Stuff Works has countless short online videos about the Civil War.

The History Channel has a similar video collection.

Here are a number of online activities for English Language Learners that are related to the War.

The Story of the Monitor is an interactive exhibition on the ironclad that fought for the Union during the Civil War. Key parts, but not all, of the interactive provides audio support for the text.  There are also excellent images.

Here are two accessible movies on the Civil War.

These are two school-oriented websites with a variety of accessible info on the Civil War:

The Civil War For Kids

Kim’s Civil War

Slave Narratives from The Museum of The African Diaspora.

People Of The Civil War

Mr. Nussbaum’s Interactive Civil War

EL Civics on The Civil War.

“The Price Of Freedom: Americans At War” is a Smithsonian multimedia interactive on each war in United States’ history. Videos (with transcript), images and text are included.

In pictures: Faces of US Civil War is a slideshow from the BBC. The BBC says:

Virginia collector Tom Liljenquist has donated nearly 700 photographs from the US Civil War to the Library of Congress. Library curators say the photos are an invaluable depiction of the ordinary men who fought the war.

Mathew Brady: Civil War photographer is a Washington Post slideshow. It’s part of a special feature the Post has on the 150th Anniversary of The American Civil War.

Thinkfinity has a number of useful lessons on the Civil War.

A Civil War Interactive Timeline from The New York Times

150 years later: Civil War anniversary stirs controversy is an interactive from The Associated Press

The Civil War is from Mr. Nussbaum

Civil War: 150th Anniversary is from The History Channel

Faces of The Civil War is a Washington Post slideshow

Decisive Battles of the Civil War is a U.S. News interactive

How Stuff Works has many Civil War related videos

African-Americans And The Civil War is a slideshow from NPR.

Faces From The Civil War is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Civil War 150 is from the History Channel.

Who Am I? is an interactive from the Smithsonian.

The Civil War is from Shmoop.

The Top 10 Civil War Innovations is a slideshow from Discovery.

The Kids Guide to The Civil War is a student-created site.

The Civil War comes from Parade Magazine.

On War: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War are photographs from The Denver Post.

Here’s a video from MSNBC showing newly discovered photos from the Civil War:

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Hundreds of Civil War photos unearthed comes from MSNBC.

150 years on, 3-D Civil War photos unveiled also comes from MSNBC.

Civil War Photography is a slideshow from Discovery.

Of Course the Civil War Was About Slavery is from Miller-McCune.

Photo Essay: The Civil War: Between the Battles is from the PBS News Hour.

Here are several Civil War-related slideshows from LIFE.

Resources | Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War comes from The New York Times Learning Network.

Then and now: Civil War battlefields is from CNN.

Blogging History: Interpreting Civil War-Era Primary Sources is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Battles and Casualties of the Civil War is an interactive from The Washington Post.

Civil War Timeline: Fury Unleashed is another interactive from The Post.

Slavery, Not States’ Rights, Caused Civil War Whose Political Effects Linger is from NPR.

Five myths about why the South seceded is from The Washington Post.

3-D ‘Motion Pictures’ From The Civil War is a series of really cool “animated” photos from the Civil War. You really should check them out.

Russel Tarr, who has created a ton of great online learning activities, has just unveiled another one — an interactive simulation of the American Civil War. It seems quite engaging, and I’ll try using it in my U.S. History class this year. Russel has also created an entire unit on the war.

To My Old Master is an amazing letter written by a former slave to his “owner.”

The Atlantic recently published three collections of Civil War photographs:

The Civil War, Part 1: The Places

The Civil War, Part 2: The People

The Civil War, Part 3: The Stereographs

The Civil War is quite an impressive interactive infographic on…the Civil War. It shows casualties, stories, and a whole lot more. And it’s a college student’s project.

Disunion: The Civil War is a multimedia collection from The New York Times.

Civil War 2013: Photographs From the Grisly American Conflict is a video and article from The New York Times:

Gettysburg: The bloodiest battle is an Associated Press interactive.

The American Civil War
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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Larry,
    I have just discovered your site and have spent about an hour reading through some of your posts. Love your work :)

  2. Great “Best of” list, Larry! I’m working on a project with the English and history departments using primary source images from the Civil War era, and you’ve got more than enough sites to make me look like the best library technician ever! I almost regretted sharing the link to your blog:)

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Mary

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  4. We also have a Civil War Simulation: check it out- http://www.historysimulation.com/Civil_War_Lesson_Plan.html

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