Professor Forrant’s work with our teachers in the History Book Discussion Study Group was recently featured in the online “e-news at UMass Lowell.” Read the full article “Professor, Alum Lead History Book Club” online at http://www.uml.edu/Media/eNews/Teaching_American_History.html.
"Faust's work on the American Civil War is in all respects depressing, brutal, and a period of our history that most of us would prefer to comprehend with statistical relevance," commented one of our teachers, "but teh deeply painful truth is that death is very real. The struggle to understand death was unavoidable." As was written in the 1864 Daily South Carolinian, "Who has not lost a friend during the war? We are a land of mourning. As another teacher summarized, "The study of these ordinary soldiers is important for our students' learning and understanding of the intense impact of this war on American society, economics, politics, and culture."
With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, many history organizations are providing updated websites and increased access to a variety of Civil War resources. The History Connected wiki (www.historyconnected.wikispaces.com) site contains a variety of online resources related to teaching about the Civil War. Highlights include:
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders
Timeline: The Civil War Interactive, The New York Times
An unfolding history of the major events of the Civil War using contemporaneous coverage from the New York Times' article and photo archives.
“New Interpretations of the Civil War.” History Now, American History Online. December 2010. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Digital archive with letters, newspapers and other documents pertaining to two communities – one in Pennsylvania and one in Virginia – during the Civil War
This site provides a simulation for students in which they take on the role of a young woman in 1862 who has recently left her girlhood home to join the war effort for your side in the Civil War or War Between the States. Through work with primary sources, a cyber scavenger hunt and historical letter writing, students work to present new learnings in a class presentation.