Halloween During the Civil War

by fifer1863 on October 31, 2012

Just a quick Civil War themed Halloween post for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a photo from the October 26, 1861 edition of Harper’s Weekly.  It is called “Jeff Davis, Reaping the Harvest” and shows Confederate President Jefferson Davis standing in a field gathering crops with skulls on top of them.


Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest

If you check out the high resolution version, you can really find some cool things in the image.  Can you and your students find:

  1. All of the skulls?
  2. The snake
  3. The noose
  4. The vulture

More questions for deeper thinking:

  • Why would the paper portray Jefferson Davis in this manner?
  • What is the significance of the various objects hidden in the image?
  • What is Jefferson Davis actually reaping?

Just another quick and easy way to integrate primary sources into your classroom.

Happy Halloween!

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