Teaching the Civil War

During the Sesquicentennial and beyond, the Civil War is a key component of U.S.. history classes.  Here we have gathered resources from across HSP to help you teach and learn about the war.

We have categorized the resources by topic first:  The War, Home Front, Politics, and Slavery and Abolition.  Within each section, there are unit plans and some secondary sources and primary sources highlighted. 

A quick way to find images and documents is to view the Featured Galleries in the Digital Library.


On November 19, 1863—150 years ago—President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. His speech, ten sentences in length, is considered one of the greatest pieces of oratory in American history....