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AotW as a Learning Resource

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Classroom, Business High School, Washington, DC, c. 1899
(original in the Library of Congress)

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In preparing for peer review as a resource in the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) community,* we spent some time evaluating how Antietam on the Web is being used by educators and learners, and what it offers. The author is not a teacher, but knows the website intimately. We hope that perspective will be helpful to you here.

As always, please contact us with any feedback - we appreciate hearing how our visitors use the site, and how to make it better.


Antietam on the Web (AotW to its friends) is a reference website in the Humanities discipline of History, specifically United States History in the Civil War (ACW) period, 1861-1865, concentrating on the Battle of Antietam of September 17, 1862.

It has elements of a digital archive, peer community, media gallery, and online periodical, but it is foremost an organized repository of factual and interpreted historical information.

Our purpose is to provide the raw material needed to 'do history' on the Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862: in one place and readily available online; gathering widely scattered historical resources.

K-12 note: Antietam is classified as one of the major battles of the ACW and is a topic in curricula and standards-of-learning for Grades 8 - 12 in most US States.

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*  The text on this page is adapted from the MERLOT Author's Snapshot (B. Downey, 2/2006).