The Civil War.. Some HelpSubmitted by lynnopoly on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 22:21
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.