8th Grade US History – Decoding the Civil War Inquiry

Via The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Website

Decoding the Civil War was funded by a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). It was a consortium project to digitize and transcribe the Union Army telegrams from The Thomas T. Eckert Papers housed at the Huntington Library, with the hope that the transcription and decoding of Civil War telegrams will engage, and fire curiosity, in new and younger audiences.

The five members of the Decoding the Civil War consortium were
* The Huntington Library (www.huntington.org)
* Zooniverse (www.zooniverse.org)
* North Carolina State University (ncsu.edu)
* C3 Teachers (c3teachers.org)
* Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (www.illinois.gov/alplm/library)

Inquiry materials were developed using the Inquiry Design Model—an inquiry-based instruction design method endorsed by the leading social studies professional organization National Council for the Social Studies. The Decoding the Civil War project offers three types of instructional materials: Inquiries, Explainers, and Activities.

The goal of these instructional tools is to provide educators with high-resolution images of primary source materials from The Huntington’s collections, along with didactics that support using the materials in flexible and dynamic ways across multiple grade levels.

President Abraham Lincoln was American’s first “technology” president, using emerging telegraph technology in war, politics, and even his personal life. The educational modules incorporated content from telegrams that were transcribed through the work of citizen archivist on the Decoding the Civil War website.

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