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Program Flyer: An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia

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Content Provider   HistoryConnects from the Virginia Historical Society  2012-13 Honorable Mention
Contact Information   Evan Liddiard
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA  23220
United States
Phone: (804) 342-9689
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating      based on 12 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, University, Public Library: Library Patrons, Retirement Communities
Maximum Number of Participants   No maximum, but we suggest no more than 30 students.
Minimum Number of Participants   No minimum
Primary Disciplines   Social Studies/History
Secondary Disciplines   Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Social Studies/History
Program Description   From 1861 to 1865 Virginia stood at the center of a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the Civil War.

This program will present highlights of the "An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia" exhibition. Using original objects, interactive technology, and state-of-the-art audiovisual programs, the exhibition relates the personal experiences of the free and enslaved men, women, and children of wartime Virginia.

During the course of the program, the audience will be encouraged to consider what was lost, what was gained, what was decided, what was left uncertain, and how an event that occurred 150 years ago still influences us today. The audience will also examine specific individuals and situations to promote an understanding of the wartime experiences of Virginians, and those who served in Virginia, during the war.

An American Turning Point is a signature program of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.
Program Format   1. The program begins with an introduction to the causes of the Civil War, highlighting the differences between the northern and southern sections of the United States in 1860.
2. The educator and the audience will discuss various aspects of the Civil War, including life on the battlefield, life on the homefront, the roles of medicine and technology in the Civil War, and the parts that African Americans, American Indians, women, and children played in the war.
3. The educator will share and discuss the primary and secondary sources associated with the Civil War.
4. The program will end with time for a Questions and Answers period.
Objectives   The participant will:
- explain the difference between primary and secondary sources;
- identify the primary causes of the American Civil War;
- identify major Civil War battles;
- identify major figures from the time period;
- understand the effect the American Civil War had on the nation
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   National
U.S. History
NS 5-12
Era 5 civil War and Reconstruction (1850 - 1877)

Standard 1: The causes of the Civil War.
Standard 2: The course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   Virginia

VS.7 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by:
a) identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;
b) describing Virginia's role in the war, including major battles that took place in Virginia; and
c) describing the roles played by whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians.

USI.9 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes, major events, and effects of the Civil War by:
a) describing the cultural, economic, and constitutional issues that divided the nation;
b) explaining how the issues of states' rights and slavery increased sectional tensions;
c) identifying on a map the states that seceded from the Union and those that remained in the Union; and
d) describing the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Frederick Douglass in events leading to and during the war.
Program Length   50-60 minutes
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Date/Time Notes   Programs are available Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

If these times do not work for your group, please contact Evan Liddiard at eliddiard@vahistorical.org and we will make every effort to find a convenient time for your program.
Program Cost   Multipoint Cost: $100.00
Point to Point Cost: $100.00
By Request Cost: $100.00
Program Fee Notes   This program is offered at $50 for schools within the state of Virginia.
Cancellation Policy   We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather conditions. A full refund will be granted to sites that cancel more than 48 hours in advance.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   We require a test call one week prior to the videoconference session.

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