division and reunion

Division and Reunion Site

Essential Questions:

  • How is the story of slavery told?
  • What are the stories of the Civil War that we retell still today? What stories are no longer told?
  • How is the story of slavery and the Civil War “resolved” in Reconstruction? Or is it resolved at all?
  • How do slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction impact the narrative(s) of the history of our country and our people?


The Pickets by Robert W Chambers PDF

“Slavery: A Positive Good” by John C. Calhoun

Stories of the Times:

Library of Congress’s “The African-American Mosaic”

Library of Congress’s “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938”

Library of Congress’s “The Civil War in America” online exhibition

Library of Congress’s “Voices of the Civil War” blog

Library of Congress’s Primary Sources Set on The Civil War

Library of Congress’s US Civil War: Selected Resources


National Archives Civil War and Reconstruction

National Archives Slave Trade

Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin in the Civil War Digital Collection

Nineteenth Century Documents Project @ Furman University

United States Civil War Center @ LSU

Stories of Today:

Civil War Trust

PBS’s “Slavery and the Making of America”

PBS’s “The Time of the Lincolns”

PBS’s “Ken Burns’s The Civil War”

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Civil War & Reconstruction


Frederick Douglass

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Walt Whitman

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper


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