|At-Home Expedition Activities|
| + Innovative Iowans Activity: Civil War Spies
+ "Think Like an Iowan" Cards
+ Civil War Flickr Album
+ Iowa Freedom Trail Guide
+ Video Tours of National Historic Landmarks
+ Upcoming Iowa History 101 Program about Underground Railroad
+ Primary Source Sets, additional videos, articles and more!
The American Civil War was a four-year war (1861-1865) that began after decades of simmering tensions between northern and southern states over the practice of enslavement, states' rights and expansion. As the war began, President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to enlist for three months to put down the rebellion. Iowa quickly exceeded its quota and Iowa soldiers fought mainly in the western battles. The Underground Railroad was a network of people who helped freedom seekers (formerly-enslaved people) escape beginning in the late 1700s until the end of the Civil War. During this time, Iowa had a significant amount of Underground Railroad activity because of its geographic location to Missouri, a pro-slavery state to the South, and Illinois, a free state to the East.
Explore the activities, videos and additional resources in this at-home expedition to discover more about the roles of Iowans in the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. Also, learn about two featured National Historic Landmarks in Iowa – the Historic General Dodge House and Reverend George B. Hitchcock House – that have deep ties to this expedition theme.
- Brief Summary of Iowa's Role in the Civil War and Underground Railroad
- Featured National Historic Landmarks Related to the Civil War and Underground Railroad