FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/10/13) – A store-quality comic book and teacher’s guide that outline Kentucky’s role in the American Civil War are now available to all Kentucky teachers as part of the state’s 150-year commemoration of America’s deadliest conflict.
“A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images—Teacher’s Guide” and the comic book, titled “Torn Within & Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era”, were produced by the Kentucky Historical Society with involvement by KET on production of the teacher’s guide. They are being distributed across the state in cooperation with the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, chaired by State Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville.
“Both resources are brilliantly designed, in color and content,” said Yonts. “The guide helps teachers use a wide range of images—including photos of medals, people, weapons, flags, diaries, and more—related to the Civil War in the classroom, and offers tips on how to explore the images with students. The comic book introduces historical figures from the Civil War in Kentucky to students in action-packed scenes, from battle scenes to riots after the war which kept African Americans from voting.
“I recommend both to our teachers everywhere,” said Yonts.
Teachers should consider using the resources in connection with a visit to the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile, said Yonts. The mobile history center is fitted with interactive scenes from the Civil War and makes regular stops across the Commonwealth. Teachers can learn about the KHS HistoryMobile online at www.history.ky.gov and schedule a HistoryMobile visit through Greer.
Community-based commemorative activities are also scheduled statewide including exhibits, seminars, and other events. A full list of Civil War Sesquicentennial events is now available online at: http://www.history.ky.gov/civilwarnews.
Additionally, Yonts said, a resource titled “Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition” is being created to offer educators, researchers, and academic scholars transcribed, annotated, and searchable online documents written by Kentucky’s Civil War governors’ own hands.
“This resource can only encourage scholarship and shed new light on Kentucky’s importance during the Civil War,” Yonts said.
The American Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865. Kentucky never seceded from the Union, although the Commonwealth had sympathizers on both sides of the conflict.
“It is those divided loyalties, history explains, that both helped preserve the Union and has kept the Commonwealth wrestling with its Civil War legacies to this day,” said Yonts.
Information provided by Rebecca Hanchett
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