Civil War: Slavery
These sites have information about slavery in America in the 1800s. See Confederacy currency with pictures of slaves. Read narratives from slaves and learn about their lives from their own words. There are links to other eThemes Resources about the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, Dred Scott, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Missouri Compromise.
PBS: Africans in America: Judgement Day 1831-1865
Click on "Judgement Day" to see Part 4 in the Africans in America site. Click the "Narrative" link to learn about the events leading up to the Civil War. There is a U.S. map and timeline. This site is mostly text, but presents a different perspective and more detail.
African American Odyssey: Civil War
This is Part 1 of the Library of Congress' site that discusses slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Click on "Part 2" to learn about fighting for freedom.
Eyewitness Accounts of the John Brown Raid
Read first-hand accounts of the capture of John Brown.
Fact Monster: Mason and Dixon's Line
This line divided the U.S. into the slave and free states. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency
Click on "Overview" to read about the causes of the Civil War. Choose "The Images" and "The Collection" to see the currency with slave depictions.
PBS: Slavery and Freedom
Read about slavery in the North and in the South as well as abolitionists who fought to end it.
Born in Slavery
Narratives and photos from the Library of Congress of African Americans who had been slaves. NOTE: Be sure to read the narratives before using them with a class due to sensitive language.
Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
Click on "Missouri's Dred Scott Case" to read about this famous court ruling on slavery. The text is advanced. There is also a link to original documents that students can view.
America's Story: Abolition in D.C.
Read about how Lincoln ended the slave trade in Washington D.C. during the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Missouri: Famous People: Dred Scott
Read about Dred Scott, the famous slave who sued in court for his freedom. Find out what the Supreme Court's ruling meant for all slaves. Includes biographies, primary documents, and newspaper editorials from the time period. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War, slavery, and the Missouri Compromise.
eThemes Resource: Missouri Compromise
These sites are about the Missouri Compromise and its influence on the United States. Find out about Henry Clay and his role in this decision. Includes maps and some online quizzes. Includes a Missouri Heritage video about Missouri becoming a state, plus links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Slavery: The Underground Railroad
These sites are about the Underground Railroad movement that helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. Learn about Harriet Tubman and other influential leaders. Listen to songs and read the lyrics that secretly told the escape route. Play a game that allows you to face the same decisions the runaway slaves faced. Includes maps and historic photographs, plus a link to an eThemes Resource on the slave trade.
eThemes Resource: Historic Documents: Emancipation Proclamation
These sites have information about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. See the actual document and read about its impact on slavery and the Civil War. Includes a timeline with important events. There are links to eThemes Resources on slavery during the Civil War, the slave trade, and the Underground Railroad.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Economic Differences between the North and South
These sites focus on the economic differences between North and South in the 1800’s. Learn what caused those differences and what the economies of the northern and southern states were during 1800’s, and how economic differences led to the Civil War. Includes maps, lesson plans, and primary documents. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Civil War: Causes and Battles and Civil War: Slavery.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Causes and Battles
Learn the reasons why the Civil War began. Read about several battles and military leaders. Includes timelines of major events and maps of the battle areas. View photographs of the war and the men and women involved. There are links to several eThemes Resources on the Civil War.