NPS Primary Theme: After being mere spectators at the war’s early battles, civilians in the war zone later would become unwilling participants and victims of the war’s expanding scope and horror.
NPS Secondary Theme: In response to the hardships imposed upon their fellow citizens by the war, governments and civilians on both sides mobilized to provide comfort, encouragement, and materiel. On the other hand, the Confederate government failed almost completely to care for the families of its soldiers
NPS Secondary Theme: Modern scholarship looks more broadly at the civilian population—those who fled before the hostilities and never saw soldiers—and at the profound changes they experienced during the war. It also looks more closely at internal dissent—Copperheads in the North and Unionists in the South.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.