Welcome to the fascinating world of the American Civil War. It was a time of horror and unimaginable destruction. It was a time of courage and ingenuity. The Civil War put an end to slavery and affirmed the identity of the United States as one nation rather than a collection of separate states. In addition to covering major battles, the activities in this book provide insight into some of the causes of the Civil War. They address advances in technology that took place before, during, and after the conflict. They also encourage students to explore the daily lives of children and their parents during this important time in our history. The eight full-color transparencies at the back of the book can be used alone or with specific activities listed in the table of contents.