American Civil War

Henry Woolman Letter[pdf-embedder url=”https://documents.historymuseumsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/WoolmanLetter.compressed.pdf”]Job Barnard to Flora Putnam Letter[pdf-embedder url=”https://documents.historymuseumsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jbtowomancw.pdf”]

Start reviewing these two Civil War documents by following these steps:

  • Meet the document

  • Observe its parts

  • Try to make sense of it

  • Use it as historical evidence

Before you start reading both letters, look at (or print out) this document guide:

After you have read both letters and worked through the worksheet answer these questions below:

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Engage students with primary sources

Ask students to closely observe each primary document:

Who created this primary source?

When was it created?

What do you see that you didn’t expect?

What powerful words and ideas are expressed?

Encourage students to think about their personal response to the source:

What feelings and thoughts does the primary source trigger in you?

What questions does it raise?

Encourage students to speculate about each source, its creator, and its context:

What was happening during this time period?

What was the creator’s purpose in making this primary source?

What was this primary source’s audience?

What biases or stereotypes do you see?

Indiana Academic Standards

Academic Standards that this primary document exercise meets

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Two Civil War Letters
Henry Woolman Letter[pdf-embedder url=”https://documents.historymuseumsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/WoolmanLetter.compressed.pdf”]Job Barnard to Flora Putnam Letter[pdf-embedder url=”https://documents.historymuseumsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jbtowomancw.pdf”]
Students

Start reviewing these two Civil War documents by following these steps:

  • Meet the document

  • Observe its parts

  • Try to make sense of it

  • Use it as historical evidence

Before you start reading both letters, look at (or print out) this document guide:

After you have read both letters and worked through the worksheet answer these questions below:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Teachers

Engage students with primary sources

Ask students to closely observe each primary document:

Who created this primary source?

When was it created?

What do you see that you didn’t expect?

What powerful words and ideas are expressed?

Encourage students to think about their personal response to the source:

What feelings and thoughts does the primary source trigger in you?

What questions does it raise?

Encourage students to speculate about each source, its creator, and its context:

What was happening during this time period?

What was the creator’s purpose in making this primary source?

What was this primary source’s audience?

What biases or stereotypes do you see?

Academic Standards

Indiana Academic Standards

Academic Standards that this primary document exercise meets

Please refer to the Indiana Academic Standards webpage for further and more complete information on these standards. You can find the Indiana Academic Standards by clicking here