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There are an amazing number of online resources about the civil war. If you find something that you feel is reliable and should be added to this page let Ms. Hopkins know.
A few of the e-books available in the Virtual Reference database:
American Civil War Reference Library"American Civil War Reference Library" offers comprehensive and wide ranging research options on this compelling era of American history. Material in each of the three titles has been reviewed by an independent advisory board for its curriculum relevance and its accessibility to students in grades 6-12. "American Civil War: Almanac" provides in-depth background and interpretation of the era, events and topics. Subject chapters offer viewpoints, definitions, chronological coverage of battles, further reading and sidebars highlighting individuals, statistics and other attention-grabbing information. "American Civil War: Biographies" offers detailed essays on the lives of 60 individuals in two volumes. The 1,200- to 2,400-word essays are accompanied by sidebars, further reading lists, cross-references and more. Each volume includes a chronology, project suggestions, a name/subject index and more. "American Civil War: Primary Sources" offers text of 14 full or excerpted speeches, newspaper accounts, novels, poems, memoirs and other documents that reflect a wide range of viewpoints. Each entry includes background information about the subject, definitions, and details on the impact the document had on the public.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk KiddFrom the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
https://dp.la a good first place to start when looking for primary sources. Think of the DPLA as a one stop shopping place which will direct you to libraries, museums, archives that have digital collections.
On-line archival collections featuring scanned pages and texts of the writings of women during the American Civil War. Currently includes the 1864 diary of Alice Williamson, a 16 year old girl from Gallatin, Tennessee, the papers of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a renowned Confederate spy, and the papers of Sarah E. Thompson, a spy for the Union.
From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms.