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The student understands the social experience of the war on the battlefield and homefront


Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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New York and the Civil War

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Conclusion: The City Prospers as Never Before

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The Draft Riots
The Draft Riots

Urban Crisis: Fire and Water
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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The World Trade Center and the Future of the City

Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Background to the Riots

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Summer of 1863

African American Soldiers
Resource Type: Primary Source
This was one of many battles in which the new African American troops distinguished themselves.

African American Troops Liberating Slaves
Resource Type: Primary Source
As the African American presence in the Northern war effort increased, so did the chances of freeing slaves from Southern plantations.

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 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.

The Draft Riots
Resource Type: Primary Source
Recruiting station for the Union Army, in City Hall Park (1864).

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