The Price of Freedom: Causes and Consequences of the Civil War

Students contemplate whether the Civil War was worth the cost to our nation through historical simulations and performances. Students role play as a Civil War soldier in the Atlanta History Center’s Turning Point exhibition and make realistic, vital decisions that could affect their character’s life. In an inquiry-based activity, students use critical thinking skills as they examine primary sources to discover why the South seceded from the Union. The true price of freedom is explored as students climb the stairs to an attic hideaway simulating Harriet Jacob’s seven-year long imprisonment as she sought to free herself from the cruel grasp of the institution of slavery. 

Finally, students view a lively dramatic performance that illuminates the Emancipation Proclamation as both a political tool and an instrument of liberation. By the end of this tour, students will have done more than studied the history; they will have participated in it.

For more information, please email schooltours@atlantahistorycenter.com.

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Additional Information

Title I schools receive free tours during December 2018, January and February 2019. Due to high demand and limited availability, there is a $50 deposit due at the time of booking your tour to reserve your date. This payment will only be processed if you cancel your tour.

The cost for all guided tours is $8 per student. Guided tours require one chaperone (admitted free) per 10 students. Admission for each additional chaperone is $8.

Full payment is required 3 weeks prior to your visit to guarantee your reservation for all tours. If booking less than 3 weeks in advance, full payment is due immediately.

Confirmation of day and time and Arrival Information will be sent via email. Please bring your confirmation with you on the day of your tour to ensure the group rate.

Your payment is not refundable if you cancel your school tour and do not reschedule. Payments are refunded only in the case of school closings.

There is a $25 administrative fee should you need to reschedule your tour. You must notify the Atlanta History Center at least 3 days in advance. With advance notice your payment can be applied to a new tour date, plus the administrative fee.

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Funding for Atlanta History Center's school programs is generously provided by:

  • The Zeist Foundation
  • Fulton County Arts Council
  • The Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Georgia Council for the Arts
  • The Connolly Family Foundation
  • David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund
  • The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
  • The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation
  • The Emily Winship Scott Foundation
  • The Besse Johnson and George Blanton Allen Memorial Foundation
  • The Bright Wings Foundation

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