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Classes should benefit from one or all of the suggestions for activities noted above. Encouraging students to muck about in illustrations and cartoons will alert them to a significant historical source which otherwise they might overlook. For some students with difficulty reading, this sort of an assignment might prove a blessing. For students who are forced to confront the prejudices and biases of an important mid-nineteenth century magazine, this experience could be an eye-opener.
I make one more suggestion, which I include last because it is peculiar to my way of teaching and not one which I suspect many teachers share. Give all of this work or whatever portion you choose, before you teach the Civil War in your class. If you do so, the students will come to your class armed. That’s a bad pun, but I mean it.
Eric Rothschild

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