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Causes of the Civil War
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Underground Railroad [Other]

Slaves who fled risked the hardships of fugitive life, the danger of capture, and even the threat of death. Text with map, images and video clip.

John Brown's Holy War
Before the Raid: Gathering at the Kennedy Farm [Other]

Explore the farmhouse where John Brown's army gathered before the raid on Harpers Ferry. Images and QTVR.

John Brown's Holy War
History of "John Brown's Body" [Text-based]

This famous song is not about our John Brown -- at least not the earliest version.

John Brown's Holy War
John Brown's Failures [Text-based]

Before he became the well-known radical abolitionist, John Brown was a business man -- and an unsuccessful one at that.

John Brown's Holy War
John Brown's Fort [Other]

The history of the firehouse in Harpers Ferry where John Brown was captured. Includes QTVRs of the building and of Harpers Ferry.

Maps

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Shifting Political Landscape [Text-based]

Would new territories and states allow slavery?

John Brown's Holy War
Following John Brown [Flash interactive]

John Brown called many places home, including Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York. Join in as the abolitionist criss-crosses the country. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A War Begins [Text-based]

Read New York and South Carolina newspaper reports on the outbreak of war in 1861.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Responses to John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry [Text-based]

Cincinnati and Chicago papers offer up their opinions on the Harper's Ferry affair -- and the looming conflict between free and slave states.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Horrible Inconsistencies of Slavery in a Christian Nation [Text-based]

Excerpt from Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Regarding John Brown [Text-based]

Correspondence between abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and the Governor of Virginia.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Christian Constable [Text-based]

Excerpt from Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Political Economy of Slavery [Text-based]

Edmund Ruffin makes a pro-slavery argument.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Results of the Fugitive Slave Act [Text-based]

Harriet Jacobs describes how this legislation tears families apart.

John Brown's Holy War
Excerpts from letters, speeches, and an editorial [Text-based]

Timeline

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Political Party Timeline [Text-based]

Trace the intricate relations of the major parties, and the disappearance of the Whigs.

John Brown's Holy War
Timeline of John Brown's Life [Text-based]

Bibliography

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Further Reading [Text-based]

John Brown's Holy War
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

John Brown's Holy War
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Evaluate forms of political protest and identify Brown's role in development of the Civil War.