Civil War Philanthropy
What is a citizen's responsibility to participate in civil society?
Photo credit: Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. with a Banner, 08/28/1963 by The U.S. National Archives is licensed under CC by 2.0
Youth study the contributions of individuals and nonprofit organizations during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. They research the work of volunteers before, during and after the Civil War and decide what they can do today to make a meaningful contribution in their community.
We learn about the brave work of a Quaker, Laura Smith Haviland, who used her ties and talent to lead anti-slavery work before, during, and after the Civil War.
We learn about organizations that responded to needs and increased social awareness during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Young people read about the talents and interests of people who took action for the common good during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The youth identify some of their own talents and match them to nonprofit organizations they can support today.