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History 115 - Civil War Documentary Project

Fort Pillow Massacre and the First South Carolina Volunteers

Topics: What was the government's policy on allowing Blacks to serve in the Union Army? How did this change throughout the war? What was the government's reaction to the Fort Pillow Massacre?

Emancipation Proclamation

Topics: Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and Emancipation Proclamation: Where did Lincoln stand on the issue of slavery at the beginning of the war? How did his views change as the war went on? How did he arrive at the need for the Proclamations? What were Lincoln's feelings regarding slavery and emancipated slaves at the end of the war?

Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley

Topics: Where did Mary Todd Lincoln stand on the issue of slavery? Did she have any African American friends? Her seamstress Elizabeth Keckley wrote a book about the White House called Behind the Scenes: or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. What reflections does this book give you on the feelings of the White House inhabitants?