Civil War Primer

Curriculum, Resources, & Lesson Plans

Explore our database of educational resources. It includes engaging lesson plans, interactive tools, and videos.


Children's Bibliographies

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Henry's Freedom Box

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Under the Freedom Tree

Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story

Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief

Before She Was Harriet

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation

Freedom’s School

Light in Darkness: A Story About How Slaves Learned in Secret

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Fight from Slavery

Stealing Freedom

Finding Freedom and A Heart Full of Hope: An Addy Classic Vol. 1 & 2

Lesson Plans and Curriculum

Freedom’s Drum Lesson Plan

Historic Sites of the United States Colored Troops

Securing Liberty: Primary Source Set

Civil War to Civil Rights Lesson Plan

Rally Around the Flag Lesson Plan

Who Where the 200,000 African American Freedom Fighters

Fighting for African-American Rights and Responsibility of Citizenship

How Do You Reconstruct a Nation?: Primary Source Set

Educational Videos and Programs

Black Soldiers in Four Minutes With Hari Jones

Emancipation in Four Minutes With Hari Jones

Scavenger Hunts

Use these scavenger hunts to explore the “Glorious March to Liberty” exhibit. You can use it with the museum’s 3D self-guided tour in the Interactives section below.


Test Your Civil War Knowledge With This Fun Civil War Interactive

Grade Levels: 4 – 6, 7 – 12

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