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IPTV Classroom Resources to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

March 31, 2011

As April commences the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Iowa Public Television is pleased to bring you highlights of some of our many high-quality educational resources related to this event. From preserving the memory of those who fought in the battles, to analyzing the historical significance of the war, to understanding the repercussions the war would have on the country's future, we're featuring some of our favorite series and interactive resources to help Iowa students better understand and reflect on the importance of this pivotal period in our nation's history.

A Special Rebroadcast of The Civil War
Iowa Public Television begins commemorating the sesquicentennial on Sunday, April 3 by rebroadcasting the award-winning documentary, The Civil War. Ken Burns' landmark series portrays the terrible conflict that tore America apart and defined it as a nation. The series embraces the entire sweep of the war using archival photographs, period paintings, newsreel footage of Civil War veterans, live cinematography of battle sites, interviews with eminent historians, and myriad voices reading from diaries, letters, speeches, and newspapers of the era.

Connecting American History to Elementary Students
Don't let your elementary students miss out on the wealth of lessons, activities, and videos of the Civil War provided through PBS Teachers. Take a closer look at the life of Abraham Lincoln, or go on a virtual road trip across the country to see the many memorials that have been erected in honor of the Civil War. Help your students discover how historians piece together information about a time period from artifacts, photos, and writings.

Take a Journey through Iowa Pathways
Learn how Iowa and Iowans played an important role in the Civil War. Through the Iowa Pathways website, your students can discover history the way historians do: through research and discovery. Check out the various artifacts available, from videos and photos of the Underground Railroad to detailed information of Iowa's role leading up to the Civil War.

The Life and Times of the Great Emancipator

Watch as Henry Louis Gates Jr. attempts to piece together the life of our sixteenth president in Looking for Lincoln. The series takes him from Illinois to Gettysburg to Washington, D.C., and face-to-face with people who live with Lincoln every day - relic hunters, re-enactors, and others for whom the study of Lincoln is a passion.  The series includes interviews with presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Lincoln scholars, and Pulitzer Prize winners Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tony Kushner. Go online to check out an incredible amount of interactives, videos, and lesson ideas.

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