Welcome to Civil War 150!


Welcome to the Civil War 150 website, developed as a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The site is a component of Civil War 150, a national program designed to encourage public exploration of the impact and contested meanings of the American Civil War. The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes the following: a four-volume series of The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It published by The Library of America; a set of ten readers drawn from the volumes with discussion questions; and a traveling panel exhibition created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute featuring excerpts from original sources, images, and texts. This traveling exhibition produced in tandem with the volumes invites the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the most transformative period in American history.

"When This Cruel War Is Over," song sheet, 1863.
(The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC04706.26)

On this website, you will find:

  • Civil War 150 Online Exhibition: Online version of the traveling exhibition with audio clips of dramatic readings of thirteen documents and selected downloadable documents.
  • Multimedia: More than thirty podcasts drawn from lectures, interviews, and talks by eminent Civil War–era scholars including Eric Foner, David Blight, Stephanie McCurry, Manisha Sinha, and Edward Ayers. Podcasts range from five to sixty minutes in length.
  • Community: This section includes monthly posts to the Scholar's Blog by editors of The Library of America volumes focusing on significant events in Civil War history. Also posted monthly is the Document of the Month, drawn from The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It. Viewers are encouraged to post comments on the material and to revisit the site as new content will be added regularly.
  • For Host Sites: Dedicated access to a site support notebook with suggestions for programming, speakers, print and web resources, logistical information, and reporting.
  • Resources: Downloadable Civil War 150 Readers (discussion guides) and links to The Library of America store and the Gilder Lehrman History shop.