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The American Civil War 1861-1865. Who : American citizens. What : A war between members of the same group or country. When : 1861-1865. Where : The United States of America.

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The American Civil War1861-1865

Who: American citizens

What: A war between members of the same group or country

When: 1861-1865

Where: The United States of America

Why: Some states disagreed with the American government about the issue of slavery, and they wanted to be their own country.

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The Union States

Also called:

*The North

*The Yankees

Army led by:

Ulysses S. Grant

Political views:

Did not agree with slavery

Soldiers’ Uniform:

Blue

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Confederate States

Also called:

*The South

*The Rebels

Army led by:

Robert E. Lee

Political views:

Wanted to continue slavery

Soldiers’ Uniform:

Grey

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Important People

Abraham Lincoln:The President of the United States during the time of the Civil War. He wanted to abolish, or end, slavery.

Harriet Tubman:Created the “Underground Railroad” for the slaves to use to escape to the north.

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Throughout this unit you will read a variety of selections that relate to the Civil War.

Here is a preview of the unit selections…

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“Half Slave and Half Free”

In this photobiography, Abraham Lincoln struggles with the question of personal rights versus states’ rights in his fight to end slavery.

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“Carrying the Running Aways”

In this folktale, a courageous slave rows numerous others across the Ohio River to freedom.

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“So I Became a Soldier”

This nonfiction selection illustrates how many boys from the North and South enthusiastically enlist as soldiers after the battle at Fort Sumter.

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“Charley Skedaddle”

In this historical fiction selection, a twelve-year-old boy gets swept up in the frenzy of war, then must deal with the consequences of his actions.

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“The Siege of Vicksburg”

In this historical fiction selection, a young woman and her friends are trapped in a basement tunnel as the Siege of Vicksburg rages around them.

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“Under Siege”

These excerpts from the diary of a Union woman detail the terror of the besieged residents of Vicksburg.

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“Emancipation”

In this nonfiction selection, the reactions of the freed slaves emphasize the invaluable importance of freedom.

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“The Gettysburg Address”

In this immortal speech, Abraham Lincoln pays tribute to the soldiers at Gettysburg and the noble cause for which they gave their lives.

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Partner Activity

*Think about what you know about war.

*With your partner, create a circle map that contains everything that you know about war.

War

*Be sure to Include a frame of reference.