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Discovering Primary Sources on the Civil War at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Part I [Teachers]

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As the Civil War Sesquicentennial approaches, we hear many references to this critical period of our nation’s history. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is a treasure trove of first-hand information about the Civil War in Tennessee and nearby states. Join us for a look at diaries, letters, and other materials that can help students get “up close and personal” with people who lived through the war. The handouts accompanying this program list materials available at TSLA, explain how Finding Aids can help track down key primary sources for your classroom, and even provide lesson plans . . . including recipes for hardtack! You will also find detailed timelines for the years 1859-1865, not simply charting the major battles but also looking at the headlines and events that paralleled the war.