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Women in the American Civil War


Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

One of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War is that women who served - for the North and the South - in the front lines.  Even though they weren’t legally allowed to fight, it is estimated that around 400 women disguised themselves as men and went into battle.  We've compiled resources for 3-12 educators that could complement social studies curriculum or women's studies unit:

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Author Karen Abbot (Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover In The Civil War) is interviewed on  KERA Women Spies In The Civil War (48:17) and provides an introduction to her subjects.

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