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The Civil War.. Some Help

Can anyone recommend a good book or video regarding the civil war and the Reconstruction Period? My daughter is studying it at school (5th grade) and I'm afraid it all just confuses me. I want to make sure she is getting the facts straight and I fall (so very) short on history. Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, Union, Federalist, Reconstruction, Black Codes, Sharecroppers; good god, I can't get it all straight!

Not sure I can tell the truth from the lies from the places I go for information. I mean, I read in one place about the Federalist and they sound pretty good, then I go somewhere else and they sound pretty bad.

I need to learn this stuff but I need direction from my DP friends.


Update: To all who have responded; Thank you. I too believe that she is too young for all this to get to heavy into it (she's 10 and easily overwhelmed) so I have backed off a bit on her. I will go into this more with her as she gets a little older. However, I question her continuously about her studies and the class seems to be on track with truth, at least more so the some. Her teacher is letting the class know the war wasn't about the slaves and even backs up the idea that SC was right. Believe me I am pleasantly surprised and will continue to stay on top of the school as long as my children attend :)

Thank you again, I am sure I will be posting again for historical truths.

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
by: Thomas Woods


Stop calling it the Civil War

Civil war implies two or more factions fighting for control of the government. This was definitely not the case. The South had exercised their right to leave the union. Not an easy decision. Read Jefferson Davis farewell address to the Senate.

The South was Right. - Kennedy

If she takes the time to

If she takes the time to learn the real history of the Civil War period, she won't have time to get a passing grade for the lies and half truths the government decides she should learn.

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"Scwewy Wabbit!" Elmer Fudd

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Shelby Foote

Read all three twice.Unparalleled for general overview without agenda.I have three kids schooled over the internet and three kids in public school.Although we as a family question everything and do not rely on mainstream news,in our experience children at the fifth grade level may need a general overview of history before delving into specifics.As our children grow older we introduce more and more details.We have found our kids start to question mainstream history on their own.With the daily Paul on 24/7 our teenagers will check the alternative history sites out of curiosity.This is just one humble opinion and please do listen to others.I have found on the Daily Paul some of the most intelligent debate and websites I've ever encountered.

Shelby Foote's "Civil War" trilogy is a good place to start for

a teenager or adult, but it's a bit above fifth graders. Foote was an outstanding storyteller, the trilogy reads like a novel.
In public school there's no doubt a superficial textbook that will be taken as truth. Many children will accept the propaganda for the rest of their lives.
I've always believed grade school children should concentrate on the three R's and non-political subjects. There was actually a time when Americans could read, write, and calculate by the eighth grade.
Keep up the good work.

I agree with you

Shelby Foote is a little steep but excellent for parents to search and guide students along, In our house we have given up direct TV and instead turned that time into family time.We've found if our children and young adults are pointed in the right direction they can learn almost anything.We as adults keep learning to stay ahead of our children.My math skills are terrible but I must teach algebra.I would encourage any parent to learn from their kids they have so much to offer.


You are in a perfect position to study and write a definitive comparison between public schools and home schooling. That is a rare situation and a LOT of people would be interested in the outcomes!

Maybe your should think about a published book deal with advancements to help fund it. Plus you could have your kids keep a daily journal and thus help you write it, that would be a great learning experience!


You have an interesting idea.I hadn't thought of it before but it sounds like it might work.I've just accepted a buy out from Honda after working there ten years.I will get paid for one year at home.My next job doesn't start until then.

Title: The Real Lincoln by Dr. Thomas Di Lorenzo

It is being used by homeschoolers, and there is a study guide and video to go with it.

Excellent book....excellent and factually correct!

Tolerance is the virtue of the man who no longer has anything to believe in....

Frankly you're daughter is too young to understand.

We all were indoctrinated at a young age. This is what is happening to her.
She'll probably be taught the war was to free the slaves. You and she might read Lincoln's First Inaugural Address. He states he is not opposed to slavery where it exists and supports a Constitutional Amendment to make it legal forever.
Tell her to keep an open mind and never accept what she hears in school on faith. Tell her to always think for herself and do her own research.
Good Luck!

First off...

It was a War Between the States

Also, I would encourage you to read the Emancipation Proclamation and note the territories and cities which were explicitly excluded.

I would say that it was a war between the sovereign states

And the federal government

"The consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of the ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."

- Robert E. Lee, 1866


As a military brat

I went to many schools and one of the things I learned about history, every part of the US (and US schools outside the US) have their own version. Civil war can be seen through many forms of history. Art history, agricultural history, economic history, and for the civil war in the USA, military history and industrial revolution, even cultural history Carpetbaggers, scalewags.. I would suggest she write an outline.

There are some good movies, North Vs South, Gone with the Wind are classics.

Have you seen RP on the cival war? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOE4Ip7In0

"The South was Right"

and "Was Jefferson Davis Right"

"What was taken from the boomers, it ain't there, what was taken from the X'ers it ain't there, what is being taken from their great, great, great squared grandchildren it ain't there. Some generation just has to have the guts to quit passing it on." Me

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*


Yes, they were right. They had every right to threaten succession because of the BS they were going through, being economically superior to the North. The civil war was fought over money and access to power. The South had the former but not the latter. The North had the latter but wanted the former. The North was at a disadvantage not having free labor at their disposal. Thus, the war to free the slaves!

Blessings )o(

Blessings )o(

Those are the title of the books

"What was taken from the boomers, it ain't there, what was taken from the X'ers it ain't there, what is being taken from their great, great, great squared grandchildren it ain't there. Some generation just has to have the guts to quit passing it on." Me

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

They were as bad as the north

The whole thing, on both sides, was nothing but a bunch of idealistic, poor men being slaughtered for Rich men's power.


Well put!

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Blessings )o(

The Civil War

The Civil War

13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he shall hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and riches. - Luke 16


Absolutely brilliant book and also very cheap if purchased through amazon. The author, Francis Springer, provides all the census data and factual information. MAKE SURE YOU READ IT!!!

The Real Lincoln- by Tom Dilorenzo

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War


Lincoln.... Nationalist Jerk



Here are a few references you can use.
They're more about Lincoln in general, but they're useful none-the-less.

Tell her this quote by

Tell her this quote by lincoln which has been outright censored from public schools so she knows the civil war wasn't about slavery.

"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."

Make sure she knows that every other Western country got rid of slavery by the government buying up the slaves and freeing them instead of fighting a war that cost i think over half a million lives (including one of my ancestors). Basically Lincoln did not want to be known as the president who under his watch the Union split because then historians would probably perceive him as a weak president with no cajones. So the question was "Was preserving the Union worth 1/2 million lives?" Secession is a natural right, and the South had many legitimate grievances against the North, so I say no.

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There are a number of good articles on the Civil War

at lewrockwell.com. They have a search feature at that site.

Here is an example of one such article concerning the causes of the war.


"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

the wikipedia article

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is a decent place to start. Everything is cited, so if you want more background on a topic, or question something, you can check the source, or search wikipedia for more in depth coverage of that topic. Looking at the talk page is also helpful, as controversial elements are discussed and debated in depth.


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