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Background

The Civil War was a key turning point in both American and Texas History. Texans suffered shortages of food and other goods due to the blockade. At no other time have emotions run so high or so much been at stake for ordinary Texans. Bonnie blue flag But despite these hardships, the people of Texas endured, and a great state emerged from the toil of ordinary Texans.

Students will analyze songs, photographs, and newspapers from the Civil War to identify examples of social, political, or economic events and their impact on life in Texas. During an analysis of the primary sources; newspapers, students will annotate their views on the chart paper and engage in group discussion. On completion of the analysis, students will create their own newspaper article detailing life during this turning point in Texas History.


By Dawn Bishop