"Blood of a Yankee" is a great way to whet the appetite of your students, sparking their interest and curiosity in the Civil War. The story is a personal narrative about a boy who happens to live during one of America’s most tumultuous events, the war between the states. As in any conflict there is always more than one side. This story raises another aspect of the war, what if you don’t want to fight?
In the past I have used "Blood of a Yankee" to introduce the Civil War to my students, and it was very successful! Have your students turn and talk to each other. They can use this time for an open discussion to use what they already know about history to contemplate the predicament of the characters. What were their differences, what made them the same? Historical fiction can really bring history to life! I hope you and your students enjoy Blood of a Yankee!
FYI The ranch that was mentioned in Blood of a Yankee is a real place, at the end of the story I included a website for the Deep Hollow Ranch located in Montauk New York, Birthplace of the American Cowboy and the oldest working ranch in the U.S.A. Also, I provided questions for your students to answer. Teachers, feel free to add to my list! You can add questions in your comments!