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Learn About the Civil War in a Weekend

Have a weekend free and want to learn about the Civil War?

Impress your friends with your history knowledge.

Learn about the Civil War over the weekend:

  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. Watch the Entire Civil War Animated Map. This 30-minute video gives you’re the Civil War events in chronological order. 
  2. Understand the causes of the Civil War with articles like Trigger Events of the Civil War and the Voices of Secession.
  3. Meet the influential people of the Civil War by reading their biographies, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis
  4. Watch videos about important battles throughout the war, such as Vicksburg and Gettysburg.
  5. Learn about everyday soldiers with videos like the Life of a Soldier and the movie Glory.
  6. Read original documents from the Civil War, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, to learn about the tumultuous political sphere.
  7. Gain an understanding of what happened after the war through The Stalking of John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln’s Funeral Train and Grand Review articles.
  8. Understand the implications of the war with the Monuments In4 and Remembering the War In4 videos.
  9. Finish with exploring the technological advancements during the war, such as Photography and Railroads.

Total time: 998 minutes (16.6 hours)

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