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The Valley of the Shadow

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: will simson (Faculty), Nov 14, 2002
Comment: Winner of the 2001 eLincoln award given to distinguished Civil War historical projects annually through Gettysburg College, created under the guidance of the respected historian Edward L. Ayers (and others) Valley in the Shadow is one many University of Virginia anchored historical sites that provide first rate scholarly resources for instructors and students. Not only does this site serve as a window into antebellum and Civil War era lifeways and culture through primary materials from Virginia's Augusta County and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, the creators also saw fit to provide grammar school, high school, and college level learning objects--for creative writing and traditional essay lessons, each with several possible subjects. The materials digitized for the site include periodicals, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. Women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families are represented. The site provides for easy navigation and is separated into antebellum sources and those covering the war years. Subjects include death and dying, defenses of slavery, post-emancipation lifeways, attitudes about slavery, occupations of the 1860s, debates over secession and unionism, the impact of railroads, German and Irish immigration, and many others subjects. WS