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Women in the Civil War
- Creative writing
- Write a newspaper article by a London journalist on
women in the American Civil War. Your article might
include the following: effect of war on daily life (such as
inflation, shortages, deaths of family members, and military
occupation), their perception of enemy armies, perception
of enemy civilians, role (if any) they played in the "war
effort," if their attitude about the war or its underlying
causes changed over the course of the war.
- Traditional essay
- To what extent did the war "expand" women's traditional
sphere of home and family? Consider both the effects of the
war on their daily lives and their involvement in the war
Use this class period to search the Valley of the Shadow
archives, take notes, and write a basic outline for
After you have shared your findings with the other teams in your
group, edit your outline as you feel necessary.
Your assignment for tonight is to turn your outline into a paper.
the diary of Nancy Emerson (in
Part II: The Civil War Years, Letters and Diaries, Additional Civil War
- Look up Nancy Emerson and her family in the Augusta
census manuscripts (in Part I: The Eve of the War, Public Records). First, search for her name only. Then search by her
family number only. Who appears to be the head of that household?
Look him up in the slave
owner census (in Part I: The Eve of the War, Public Records, Census).
- Skim the diaries of
Franklin County women (in Part II: The War Years, Letters and
Diaries, Additional Civil War Letters).
- Read the articles about women in the war in the Newspaper Transcriptions by Topic section of the archive (in Part II: The War Years, Newspapers).
- Use the Newspaper Abstract Search Page (in Part II: The War Years, Newspapers, Newspaper Search Page) to search
both counties' newspapers for the following key words: "ladies,"
"female," "women," "girls," "Miss," and "Mrs." and
other words you think might be useful. Once you get your
list of dates, click the date to find the abstracts. Use the
browser's "find" function to find the article with the word you
had searched by.