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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:
- Gain a quick overview of the Civil War:
- Browse the Civil War Timeline to help put the war’s events into context and relationships
- Watch the Entire Civil War Animated Map. This 30-minute video gives you’re the Civil War events in chronological order.
- Understand the causes of the Civil War with articles like Trigger Events of the Civil War and the Voices of Secession.
- Meet the influential people of the Civil War by reading their biographies, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
- Watch videos about important battles throughout the war, such as Vicksburg and Gettysburg.
- Learn about everyday soldiers with videos like the Life of a Soldier and the movie Glory.
- Read original documents from the Civil War, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, to learn about the tumultuous political sphere.
- 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.
- Understand the implications of the war with the Monuments In4 and Remembering the War In4 videos.
- 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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