Jennifer Rosenfeld
Outreach Director

Teaching the Civil War

Looking for classroom resources and ideas for teaching the American Civil War?  In anticipation of the Civil War Sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary,’s History Education News is exploring the causes, events and impact of this defining moment in American history.  In this latest issue you will find: 

  • Website reviews, including a website of freedmen’s letters, featuring fugitive slave John Boston’s letter to his wife who is still in bondage.
  • Video of a fourth grade class analyzing the song, John Brown’s Body, to learn about Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, reactions to the raid and the coming of the Civil War.
  • A lesson plan review about Civil War photography.
  • Links to booklists and other resources in response to a teacher’s question about military history resources in “Ask a Master Teacher.”

History Education News is published twice a year to provide K-12 educators with a focused look at the resources, tools and methods available at the website.  To help make a teacher’s job easier, each issue focuses on a specific theme in order to pull together in one place the history content, teaching materials, best practices, research, and digital technology that teachers can apply readily in their history classroom.

To request a single copy or multiple copies of this free publication, please visit or contact us toll-free at 866.539.8381.

Past issues can be viewed at  Limited print quantities are also available for shipment., a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, is a leader in helping K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. Funded through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement’s Teaching American History (TAH) program, builds on and disseminates the valuable lessons learned by more than 1,000 TAH projects designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of U.S. history.