This Lesson Plan explores Political Cartoons related to the Civil War, the Presidential Elections of 1860 and 1864, and Reconstruction. These visual aids help in understanding the differing opinions before, during, and after the Civil War, as well as provide a perspective from those who actually lived it. The cartoons are listed in chronological order so teachers are meant to pick and choose as needed for lessons relating to the Civil War. General background knowledge needed for each cartoon is provided as well in a PowerPoint.
PA Common Core Standards:
8.6. 9-12 A