In his pedagogy essay, “Monuments and Memory on the Cusp of Commemorating America’s Civil War Sesquicentennial,” James A. Percoco offers reflections on his experiences teaching Applied History at West Springfield High School in northern Virginia. This map, created by one of Percoco’s students, provides an example of how to integrate cultural history, geography, and digital technology in the process of engaging students in issues related to the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Educators who would like to learn how to create custom maps using Google Maps should go this instructional page at the House Divided Project. You can read Percoco’s full essay inside the print edition of Volume 25 of the OAH Magazine of History (April 2011) or online via Oxford Journals.

Summers With Lincoln: A Custom Map

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