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Effects of war on society


Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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New York Fights to Protect Its Business
Conclusion: The City Prospers as Never Before

Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Professor Foner offers concluding remarks.

The Civil War
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Black Soldiers: Service and Citizenship
The End of Slavery
The End of Slavery

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Service had a profound effect on black soldiers and the black community.
Professor Foner discusses Lincoln's changing views.

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The Civil War and the service of black soldiers did not eliminate racism in the North, but there were also indications that in some quarters attitudes were changing.
The Civil War and the service of black soldiers did not eliminate racism in the North, but there were also indications that in some quarters attitudes were changing.

Black Soldiers: Service and Citizenship
Resource Type: Primary Source
Physician, abolitionist, and Union army major. Delaney, the son of free African Americans, was educated in Pittsburgh and studied medicine at Harvard. He was active in organizations that promoted the protection of fugitive slaves and the advancement of blacks. During the 1850s, he supported black emigration to Africa and led an expedition to the Niger Valley. During the Civil War, he recruited African American troops for the Union and was commissioned to be the first black field officer in the Union army.

Urban Society: Central Park and Social Reform
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
This microhistory of Central Park in New York City provides students with a laboratory for learning how social reformers attempted to clean the city of its slums and promote the well-being of its residents. These tools can be applied to the study of any large city.

A Man Knows a Man
Resource Type: Primary Source
Military service, especially in battle, was often seen as a rite of passage that turned boys into men. Physical scarring or maiming served as the visible symbol of manhood tested and earned through combat.

The Thirteenth Amendment
Resource Type: Primary Source
The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of the legacies of the Civil War.

The Role of African Americans in the Civil War
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint
Although there has been no major attack on the view that African Americans played a decisive role in winning the Civil War, it is also true that, with the exception of W.E.B. Du Bois in Black Reconstruction, there were no historians writing prior to 1960, who would have agreed with Foner's interpretation on the decisive role played by African Americans. A teacher explores how, prior to the rise of the civil-rights movement in the mid-1950s, professional historians simply had been uninterested in the behavior of African Americans, either as slaves or as soldiers.

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