Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about the American Civil War. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
African-American Mosaic (Exhibition) This online exhibit provides a sampler of materials and themes covered in the book -- African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Explore the abolition section of this exhibition for materials related to Civil War history.
African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship (Presentation) Examine the quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century. Make sure to explore the Civil War and Reconstruction sections of this presentation.
The American Brass Band Movement: A Historical Overview (Presentation) This essay outlines the history of the American brass band movement from the 1850s through the post Civil War period.
American Memory Timeline: Civil War and Reconstruction (Presentation) Explore Civil War highlights from the American Memory Timeline feature.
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) (Internet Resources) Links to selected Internet resources outside the Library of Congress.
Civil War Photographs (Prints and Photographs) This collection of online Civil War Photographs provides access to more than 7,000 different images created during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and in its immediate aftermath.
Civil War Sheet Music This collection of more than 2500 pieces offers a contemporary perspective from both sides of the conflict.
Does the Camera Ever Lie (Presentation) Compare two photographs from Alexander Gardner's 1865 Sketch Book of the War and see how he rearranged the visual elements in his photographs to influence the viewer.
The Gettysburg Address (Exhibition) View two original drafts of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
History of Mapping the Civil War (Presentation) Learn about cartography during the Civil War era.
History of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (Presentation) Civil War letters are presented in a timeline fashion and offer details of the regiment's movements, accounts of military engagements, and descriptions of the daily life of soldiers and their views of the war.
Library of Congress Civil War Symposium (Webcast) View Webcasts of a Library of Congress 2002 convocation of leading Civil War era experts and devotees.
Northern Valley Archives: Developing Web-Based Activities from the American Memory Collection (Article) This article offers teacher created ideas for primary source lessons on the topics of Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Japanese Internment, the Progressive Era and Slave Narratives.
Photographs of African Americans During the Civil War (Prints and Photographs) This reference aid links to photographs in the Civil War Photograph Collection that include African Americans.
Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress Bibliography) This Web site, arranged by historical era, links to important documents in American history. Click on 1860-1877 for Civil War and Reconstruction documents.
Primary Source Investigation (Document) Use this primary source investigation strategy as a way for students to examine documents and think critically about their meaning. Themes include Civil War, reform movements, Harlem Renaissance and presidential campaigns.
Sampler of Collection Themes: The Civil War (Presentation) This sampling of books from The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books collection highlights the Civil War period.
Time Line of the Civil War (Presentation) This timeline outlines the main events of the Civil War from 1861-1865.
U.S. Civil War: Selected Resources (Library of Congress Bibliography) This guide is a compilation of many of the Civil War resources at the Library of Congress, along with links to selected resources outside the Library.
Using Sheet Music to Investigate the Reconstruction (Article) By guiding students in careful analysis of sheet music, library media specialist Donna B. Levene helps them gain deeper understanding of racial attitudes during Reconstruction.
Using the American Memory Timeline to Learn about Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 (Article) This adaptable strategy models a way to use the American Memory Timeline with U.S. history students.
Women's Activities During the Civil War: A Select List of Photographs (Prints and Photographs) This gallery includes images of women who, individually or as members of organizations, engaged in activities in support of the Union or Confederate war effort.