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Learn About the Civil War in One Hour

Do you want to learn about the Civil War on your lunch break?

Take one hour to learn about the American Civil War.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Gain a quick overview of the Civil War:
    1. Browse the Civil War Timeline to help put the war’s events into context and relationships.
    2. Read Civil War Facts to learn basic facts, dates, and information about the war while clarifying common misconceptions.
    3. Watch the Entire Civil War Animated Map. This 30-minute video gives you’re the Civil War events in chronological order. 
  2. Watch the Union Army In4 video to learn why men took up arms for the Union cause. 
  3. Learn about military-specific vocabulary in Military Engagements In4 video.
  4. Understand the implications of the war by watching the Remembering the War In4 video.

Total time: 62 minutes

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