The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective

  • Civil War battlefield photo

Lessons and Resources for Teachers and Students

War has been around a long time. So has the spirit of humanitarianism and efforts to limit suffering. Help students connect lessons of the American Civil War with issues of today.

Explore - humanitarian acts on both sides of the battlefield.

Discover - how today’s basic rules of humanitarian law emerged - the Lieber Code turns 150. Consider the consequences – identify violations and ways to prevent or limit such violations. Think critically about dilemmas that faced prisoners and camp commanders on both sides.

Engage - students in exciting hands-on activities to meet humanitarian needs.

Inspired by the EHL curriculum, these lessons help educators connect American history to humanitarian law and principles. To download free lesson plans, accompanying activities, photos and other primary source materials click here.

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