- Death and Dying in Two Mid-Nineteenth
Century American Communities: Students will use the Valley of the
Shadow newspaper abstract search page to explore causes of death in the
late 1850s and early 1860s.
- White Southerners' Defense of
Slavery: Students will read transcriptions of articles from two
Augusta County, Virginia, newspapers to see how white southerners
defended the institution of slavery.
- What Happened to Slaves when their
Students will read slaveowners' wills to see what the death of
slaveowners meant to their human property.
- Attitudes about Slavery in a Northern
Community: Students will read transcriptions of articles from two
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, newspapers in order to compare the
county's Republican and Democratic Parties' positions on slavery.
- Occupations in the 1860s: Students will
examine a list of occupations from 1860 census manuscripts, look up
unfamiliar terms in a dictionary, and explore
reasons why some occupations are less common today than yesterday.
- Unionism versus Secessionism in Augusta
County, Virginia: Students will work in groups to analyze newspaper
opinion articles from
Augusta County, Virginia, during the debate over
whether Virginia should
secede from the Union.
- The Impact of Railroads on Franklin and Augusta
Counties: Students will read newspaper articles about trains and
railroads to examine the effect that this new mode of
transportation had on life in two late antebellum counties.
- German and Irish immigration in
Augusta and Franklin Counties: Students will examine
census manuscripts, and a last will and
testament to explore
aspects of the Irish and German immigrant
communities in the
1850s and 1860s.
Commemoration of the Gettysburg Battlefield: The Gettysburg Address:
Students will analyze multiple primary sources that provide
historical context to the Gettysburg Address in order to understand the
significance of Lincoln's famous speech.