Tag Archives: Civil War

A Memorial Day created by former slaves

Though Memorial Day was first formally declared in 1868 by General Logan, in charge of the GAR—an organization of Civil War vets, in order to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War, there are many cities … Continue reading

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HITACHI, cause of the Civil War

We are setting the scene for Reconstruction by exploring the causes of the Civil War. I assigned pairs of students a single cause that they researched and presented to the class using powerpoint. The students took notes during each presentation … Continue reading

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272 words

150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln spoke his famous address at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. This speech clarified the goals of the Civil War by broadening the notion of who “We the people” were, first mentioned at the … Continue reading

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Mississippi, once again, in the lead—ratifying the 13th amendment 148 years later

It’s really hard to believe, but the state of Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment 11 days ago. That’s right. The amendment that abolishes slavery, and became part of the U.S. Constitution in 1865, was officially ratified in Mississippi on February … Continue reading

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Meaning beyond Union

Abraham Lincoln was an afterthought, not even the main attraction at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg 149 years ago today. Edward Everett was the one everyone had come to listen to. He was one of most famous … Continue reading

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The Little Giant

I pass it everyday on my way to and from work. In the morning it signals that I have only ten minutes left of my 40 minute drive. In the late afternoon it signals that it’s time to put my … Continue reading

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Slavery—guaranteed by the Constitution

This fall we studied the Constitution. Word by word. It was painful for my 8th graders. Some of the language seemed ancient to them. Lots of double negatives. They had a hard time finding the subject of some sentences. Or … Continue reading

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