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A Bit o' History: Appomattox Court House
Category: Social Studies
Tags: appomattox court house 150th anniversary civil war

Originally, the village of Appomattox Court house was known as Clover Hill. It was a small settlement with just a few houses around a tavern, and was a stagecoach stop on the main road between Lynchburg and Richmond. When the county of Appomattox was formed in 1845, Clover Hill was chosen as the county seat and renamed.

Site of Surrender

April 9, 1865: Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all U.S. forces. This signaled the end of the Southern States’ attempt to create a separate nation.

Economic Impact of the War on the Prices of Certain Commodities (in Confederate dollars)

                                    Price in 1861                                  Price in 1865

 

1 lb of coffee                35 cents                                        60 dollars

 1 lb of butter                 20 cents                                        20 dollars

 1 lb of bacon                12 cents                                        18 dollars

 *By 1865, one pound of flour rose to $1,000!

 Scenes From A Summer Kitchen

*The term “summer” kitchen is really a misnomer, since they cooked in it all year-round.

*Women in “full skirts” had to be particularly careful when cooking at the hearth (although a major cause of death for women during this time was childbirth. Average number of births: 13).

*Staples of every meal: cheese, bread, butter, pickles.

 Today’s Appliances And Their 1865 Equivalents

Stove: Pots were hung on a crane arm to swing in and out from the fire. Pots could also be raised and lowered to adjust the temperature.

Dutch Oven: The oven’s feet were place on coals; stew put inside; lid put on top; and more coals on the lid. This way, there was heat from all directions.

Ice Makers: Water in a creek was diverted and dammed to build ponds where the water was contained for freezing. Young men with axes and saws were sent to cut out ice and bring it back to the ice-house.

Garbage Disposal: the family pig

Food Processors: Any slicing, dicing and chopping was done by those doing the cooking.                                   

Lessons In Time
Category: Social Studies
Tags: famous historical figures president timeline historical people historic people measuring time

 

Presidential Timeline  From the presidential libraries of the National Archives, a collection of documents, photos, audio and video; includes activities and resources for educators

TimeGlider   Make your own timeline; has features allowing you to drag left and right, zoom in and out, and see how time periods overlap; web-based, so timelines can be shared and embedded

Digital Vaults  National Archives selection of 1,200 records, document, photos for your perusal; as you browse, you can drag records into your "tray," and use them to create a "pathway" (to show how a series of records and photos relates), or make your own poster

Archiving Early America  a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America; scenes and portraits from original newspapers, magazines, maps and writings, videos

Time Zones  BBC's Brief History of Time Zones

No time like the present: GoGo News  features current events and human interest stories for the elementary age.



Stamp Scoop
Category: Social Studies
Tags: us postal service usps community connections stamps history postage stamps

The US Postal Service's Community Connection site is designed to support elementary-level social studies and history using its archive of postage stamp imagery. Stamps are a unique type of primary resource, reflecting the tone of the times and the attitudes of our
nation across history, recalling people, places, icons and
events. Stamp imagery can be used as a springboard for lessons on American history, geography, civics, and culture.

The site offers:

* School Days & American Ways: an oversized curriculum-connected calendar designed around monthly themes; the calendar is accompanied by a 24-page coordinated Teaching Guide

* A variety of education kits for download

* Stamp Scoop: short editorials on the subject of recent commemorative stamps and their significance

* Support for local fieldtrips and class speakers  

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