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        Civil War | History Detectives

        The Civil War (1861-1865) is America’s bloodiest war to date. It cost close to 1,100,000 casualties and claimed over 620,000 lives. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine a variety of artifacts—a weapon, an early photograph, a letter, a piece of pottery—highlighting African-American involvement in the Civil War. They offer students opportunities to research and create paper or interactive biographical posters, delve into the intersection of military and social history, and survey slave art and culture.

        http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/lessonplan/civil-war-overview

        Chandler TinType

        Spotlight on a tintype of a young master and his slave, Silas Chandler, who fought together in the Confederate Army. This video, along with the Civil War Letters video should be watched with the class before carrying out the "Blacks on The Battlefield" lesson plan and "African-American Soldiers in the Civil War" activity.

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        Civil War Letters

        Spotlight on a letter from a young Union soldier interested in a commission with an African American regiment. This video, along with the "Chandler TinType" video, should be watched with the class before carrying out the "Blacks on The Battlefield" lesson plan and "African-American Soldiers in the Civil War" activity.

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        John Brown's Pike

        Spotlight on an original weapon that was used by the supporters of the abolitionist John Brown in his historic raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. This video should be watched with the class before carrying out the "Before the War: Investigating Abolitionists' Tactics" lesson plan and "Symbols of the Civil War" activity.

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