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This issue explores how teachers can use Civil War-era primary sources in various subject areas to help students better understand the scope of this conflict’s lasting impact.

Teaching about the Civil War with primary sources—original documents and objects which were created at the time under study—provides opportunities for expanding this familiar topic in history into subject areas as varied as geography, language arts and science. War knows no boundaries, then or now. Civil War era-primary sources reflect this reality, giving students unique opportunities to discover how this epic struggle bled into nearly every aspect of American life.