Daily Life During The War

Chapter 16 Section 4


The War In The East

Chapter 16 Section 2


The Tide of War Turns

Chapter 16 Section 5


Resources To Teach Kids About The American Civil War

The War In The West

Chapter 16 Section 3


The Nation Divides

Chapter 15 Section 4


Trouble In Kansas

Chapter 15 Section 2

     Forces on both sides of the Free/Slave state issue, were focusing on Kansas.  Compromises that were intended to keep the peace were now boiling up into violence.  Presidential politics were clearly focused around the issue of slavery. A railroad through the West to the Pacific Ocean would create conflict as both the North & South wanted it in their region.  The Kansas Nebraska Act incited abolitionists in the North as protests broke out.  Two legislatures were voted in as one was supported by Missourians who had crossed over into Kansas just to support slavery. Slavery supporters attacked and sacked the city of Lawrence burning buildings killing one person. John Brown, a New England Abolitionist, traveled to Kansas and began to fight fire with fire. He led attacks against slavery supporters. The fighting spilled dover into Congress as one senator attacked another in the Senate.

Civil War Resources

The War Begins

Chapter 16 Section 1


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Political Divisions

Chapter 15 Section 3

     In the election of 1856, the U.S. saw the elimination of one political party: The Whigs and the creation of another: The Republicans over the issue of slavery. 

     A case lands in the Supreme Court dealing with a slave suing for his freedom, Dred Scott, turns the country on its head and brings the issue of slavery front and center again.

     Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate the slavery issue in debates leading to the senate race in Illinois. 

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American Civil War Links

     A. Pinterest

The Civil War On Pinterest 

                 a. Pictures, battle maps, infographics and a large amount of information on the American Civil War.

Civil War Hollywood Movies
                  a. Hollywood movies and documentaries about the American Civil War.

     B. Other Links:

Civil War Trust
Gettysburg Battle: Animated Map

2. The American Civil War Homepage

                  a. This site allows kids to study different aspects of the American Civil War: Civil War History by State, Civil War Soldiers and Military Organization, States Rights and Secession, Causes of the Civil War,  Civil War Weapons & Technology, Slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Union & Confederate Warfare, Reconstruction, Casualties & Killed, Turning Points.

A History of Illinois In The Civil War
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns PBS
The History Channel.com: The American Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
Son of the South: Civil War Links
The Civil War Home Page
Medicine In The American Civil War

          10. TeachThe CivilWar.com

          11. Clara Barton: Civil War Nurse

The Debate Over Slavery

Chapter 15 Section 1

     In this section, kids will learn about how new lands would ignite conflicts over slavery again in the United States.  Sectionalism is the concept of self interest in different sections of the country being different. The Compromise of 1850would calm the storm briefly, but the momentum against slavery in the North was stoked by writings such as Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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