This is a great cross curricular project with an English class! This project can also be easily adapted for other history classes.
Students assume the persona of a 19th century individual living between 1850 and1868. They keep a journal regarding their thoughts and feelings about major events during this time period. They may choose to be a soldier, civilian, man, woman, freed black, or slave; all characters MUST be fictional. The chosen person should also live in either the North or the South.