The Civil War and the Home Front
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. On-air and online, GPB has documented and compiled Georgia's role in the conflict between the states. There is much ground to cover. But don't worry! We're here to help you navigate through the resources old and new that can enhance your classroom studies.
What was life like for Georgians who weren't fighting in the Civil War but lived during those times? A new website helps you find out. The site is called Civil War: The Home Front. The site includes an interactive map of the Appalachian Region. Online visitors can get facts and statistics of what was happening in particular areas during the time. Take a look at places like the Shields-Etheridge Heritage Farm and learn what life was like there back then. GPB radio's Joshua Stewart blogged about the site. Read his in depth post.
Georgia Stories About the Home Front
Georgia Stories offers a snapshot of what life was like for civilians during the war. There is the story of blockade runners who made fortunes on the Savannah river. The city of Thomasville thrived shortly after the conflict by courting wealthy northern industrialists.While rocking chairs became one of Georgia's most lucrative products and continues to be the oldest manufactured product in the stage.View those stories below.
- The Economics of War - story of the blocade runners Get the study guide.
- Thomasville - Playground of the Northern Industrialists
- The Cadillac of Rocking Chairs Get the study guide.