The Museum is an amazing resource. In this, our final Discussion of the semester (yes, you made it), I invite you to visit its pages on the Civil War. Some of the best of these are collected in the exhibit -- The Price of Freedom.
First, be sure to set aside at least 30 minutes of your time to fully take in this exhibit. If you can, set aside more or...bookmark the page and return to it throughout the week. It will repay your careful study tenfold, and it will do this through photos, video, timelines, and text.
Before you immerse yourself in the site, be sure you come to it having read the chapter for this week and the documents I've posted under the Resource Tab. These will deepen your understanding of the conflict and permit you to peer deeper into the depths of the U.S.'s true founding moment.
As you move from webpage to webpage (slowly, keeping your eye out for drop-down menus and pop-up boxes: the site is RICH), list and discuss at least three parts of the exhibit (an image, map, audio clip) that you feel go beyond the Foner text and link up to the key themes of Chapter 14. How does your document or fact or event flesh out these themes and add depth to our understanding of the past? If another student has already written about the image or information you wish to stress, find another: the site is large.
At all times, question the evidence that you come upon. Look for contradictions, confusions. Stay alert to what is NOT being presented as well, to what is "conspicuous by its absence."
When you're ready, click here -- Price of Freedom Link -- to start your quest. A page will appear that will list the major wars in U.S. history. Click on the link to the Civil War.
But remember to return here to post your three exhibit highlights .