New york, ny (april 11, 2012)—the gilder lehrman institute of american history has announced the 2012 civil war essay contest winners open to high school and middle school students in gilder lehrman affiliate schools across the country, the contest is designed to enhance knowledge of the civil war era and reward outstanding research and writing. Essay: “civil war deserters: cowards or heroes” teacher: sara olds about the gilder lehrman institute founded in 1994 by richard gilder and lewis lehrman, the gilder lehrman institute of american history is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. Gary w gallagher is the john l nau iii professor in the history of the american civil war at the university of virginia his books include the union war (2011) and the confederate war (1997) as well as causes won, lost, and forgotten: how hollywood and popular art shape what we know about the civil war (2008.
Political disagreement gave way to war in april 1861, as confederates insisted on their right to leave the union and the loyal states refused to allow them to go four years of fighting claimed almost 15 million casualties (killed, dead from disease, wounded, or taken prisoner, and of whom at least 620,000 died) directly affected untold civilians, and freed four million enslaved african americans. High school division click on the title to view a pdf of a winning essay first prize kaylee kimbrough, pennsylvania homeschoolers ap online, kitanning, pennsylvania (based in greenville, texas) ‘i shall deal at the other shop’: confederate cotton, british neutrality, and egyptian opportunity.
Civil war essay contest the gilder lehrman institute presents an annual essay contest for gilder lehrman affiliate school students in grades 6–12 students examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research in primary as well as secondary sources. High school civil war essay contest guidelines and scoring rubric the civil war essay contest , sponsored by the gilder lehrman institute of american history, is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the civil war era through use of primary sources. The essays in this section have been written by leading scholars of american history they provide additional depth on events and ideas referred to in the introductory essay and, in some cases, different interpretations by historians looking at the same events. In the 1960s the image of scarlett o’hara standing before a technicolor-drenched panorama from gone with the wind (1939) was still firmly planted within the imagination of the american public as a symbol of women on the civil war home front more than half a century later, o’hara retains her crown as an iconic afterimage of the lost cause, but there is a new cast of female characters. The gilder lehrman institute of american history invites students from schools in the affiliate school program to examine key moments in american history by participating in one of our contests the contests challenge students to research and write about american history as historians and to develop their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Civil war and reconstruction, 1861-1877 the civil war began as a conventional contest of army versus army but by the end had become a war of society against society, with slavery, the foundation of the southern social order, becoming a target become an affiliate school to have free access to the gilder lehrman site and all its features. The gilder lehrman institute • 49 w 45th st, 6th floor • new york ny 10036 gilderlehrmanorg dear colleague, the gilder lehrman institute of american history cordially invites your students to participate in its annual civil war essay contest for high school (grades 9–12) and middle school (grades 5–8) students.
The civil war is sometimes called the first modern war, although what constitutes “modernity” in warfare is a matter of debate it was the first war to bring the full impact of the industrial revolution to bear on the battlefield. In the twelve years after the civil war—the era of reconstruction—there were massive changes in american culture, economy, and politics these were the years of the “old west,” of cowboys, indians, and buffalo hunts, of cattle drives, railroads, and ranches.
The gilder lehrman institute presents an annual essay contest for gilder lehrman affiliate school students in grades 6–12 students examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research in primary as well as secondary sources. The civil war marked a defining moment in united states history long simmering sectional tensions reached a critical stage in 1860–1861 when eleven slaveholding states seceded and formed the confederate states of america. The civil war essay contest, co-sponsored by the civil war round table of new york and the gilder lehrman institute of american history, is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the civil war era through use of primary sources.