Attention teachers who are looking to have an American history class without a textbook! In “Note-Taking Guide for the War Behind the Lines” students will investigate the Emancipation Proclamation; wartime diplomacy; the Northern home front; the Southern home front; the election of 1864; and, the assassination of the president. All of this is done through an authoritative website, ushistory.org. Students are required to take jot notes on the historically significant events, individuals, and issues that have contributed to the shaping of this period in American history. This study guide naturally includes the web address upon which it has been based. Overall, this note-taking exercise has served as an excellent companion for students at both the grade school and high school levels and has acted as a wonderful tool in the writing of quizzes, tests, essays, reports, and exams.