Several dead soldiers lying outside of Dunker Church, which survived the Battle of Antietam and was used as an aid station (September, 1862).

Description: This is a picture of dead bodies after the Battle of Antietam. This is a unit on war, death needs to be understood as a key factor in war. Readability This is a clear picture for any age level to see, showing the effects of war. Use in Class This will be aimed at all […]

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The New York Journal and Advisor 1897

  Description Images of General Grant published after his death. This is for a reference of how he was viewed publicly. The SPAM worksheet can be used to help analyze images. Readability These images are useful in that they show the hero worship in popular culture. Use in Class As these are images and reading level does […]

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A Letter to John Brown

Image of The Letter   John Brown Flesch Kincaid 28.7 Description This is a letter to John Brown from a widow of one of his victims at the Pottawatomie Massacre. It helps to add perspective to a controversial and key person in the build-up to the Civil War. Readability Depending on the method used, the reading […]

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Testimony of Wesley Norris (1866)

General Lee’s Slaves Flesch Kincaid 13.9 Description This is a first-hand account of how General Lee treated his slaves, from one of General Lee’s slaves. Readability. Depending on the method, this reading comes out at 11th to 13th-grade levels. Because the grammar is not used in the manner it would be today, the reading level […]

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“Corner Stone” Speech

Flesch Kincaid 11.2 Description The Cornerstone Speech was given by Alexander H. Stephens in March of 1861. In this speech, Mr. Stephens outlines the reasons for Southern secession, and how it is based on slavery. Readability This reading is long and tedious and requires previous knowledge for full comprehension. It is linguistically and conceptually appropriate for the […]

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Captain John Brown Not Insane

    Flesch Kincaid 8.9 Description This is a story from Frederick Douglass’ paper “Douglass’ Monthly,” that was published on November 2, 1859. This was after John Brown was caught at Harper’s Ferry Raid, but before he was executed. It is a plea to John Brown supporters not to claim he is insane, even if they […]

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Jefferson Davis to Susan Bullitt Dixon | The Papers of Jefferson Davis

Flesch Kincaid 13.5 Description This is a letter which Jefferson Davis wrote to Susan Bullit Dixon, author of “The True Story of the Missouri Compromise.” In this letter, written in 1879, he reveals his feelings about the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas Nebraska Act. Readability This reading was placed at the early college level. As with […]

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The First Days Amongst the Contrabands

Flesch Kincaid 7.8 Description The First Days Amongst the Contrabands is an account of a teacher from the north who moved to the south to teach the freedmen. In this book, she writes about early experiences and impressions. I think this will engage the reader because it is an eyewitness account of how the former […]

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Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro: His Anti-Slavery Labours in the United States, Canada, & England.

ard, Samuel Ringgold Publication date: 1855 Publisher: Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level  9.6 Description This text is part of a Unit on the Civil War. More specifically on the causes of the Civil War section of the unit. This is an excerpt from an autobiography of a fugitive slave, who escaped the United States for fear of […]

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