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Civil War Personalities: Individual Examples of Character

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What is a hero? What is character? Using biographies of figures during the Civil War, both famous and lesser known, scholars consider these questions. After brainstorming what they think makes a hero, they examine the lives of those who demonstrated character during the war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use profiles of figures in the Civil War to discuss character, courage, and heroism
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need some background on the Civil War
  • Confederate biographies are included
  • Biographies focus mainly on white men
  • Lesson is relatable and stimulates real-world discussion among class members
  • Structure of the resource makes it easy to adapt to a variety of time periods