1. It is assumed that students are familiar with the War itself and have at least a rudimentary understanding of the slavery issue. This lesson seeks to enhance their understanding of the cultural, economic, and political impact of the Civil War.
2. Tell the students that they are a fact-finding committee for the newly formed American Civil War Historical Society whose purpose is to increase understanding of the impact of that great conflict on American life in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Working in groups, it is their job to explore the cultural, economic, and political impact of the Civil War on all phases of American life.
3. Divide students into at least 5 groups (listed below). The teacher may add others.
- Daily life
4. Using the resources listed in the Websites section of this lesson and other resources the teacher or students may find, have each group research the impact of the Civil War on their particular area, making certain to address issues of culture, politics, and the economy.
5. As each of the groups completes their research, have them plan their presentation to the membership of the Society. The presentation should include not only a summary of their findings but also contain artifacts and/or visual representations to illustrate their research. PowerPoints are excellent.