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The objective in Part 1 is to help classroom teachers find new and better ways to humanize the coming of war narrative. The conflict over slavery may well have been “irrepressible,” but nobody should teach this dramatic subject in ways that drain the dramatic elements of human choice out of the equation or make the Civil War seem inevitable. Moreover, by rendering complicating constitutional subjects such as the Dred Scott Case or the fugitive slave law in more human terms, teachers can actually help students find deeper insights into the underlying causes of the war.
Featured Image —Dred Scott’s Family
Featured Document — John Brown at Court (1859)
Guest GLI Lecture: Catherine Clinton on Harriet Tubman (33 mins.)
Featured Student Video: Old Carlisle Courthouse (10 mins.)
Images as Gateways: What are you seeing?
- Concise background on this painting
- Scholarly article about this painting
- Painting within Smithsonian Civil War Art exhibit