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One hundred and forty eight years ago, on April 12th, 1861, U.S. Civil War began as 11 Southern states declared their secession from the U.S., formed the Confederate States of America, and started fighting against the federal government with the attack on Fort Sumter, North Carolina.
Civil War history is one of the subject strengths of the Opening History aggregation. Opening History contains twelve digital collections that cover Civil War events. Both photographs below come from University of Illinois’ Teaching with Digital Content (Digital Cultural Heritage Community) collection (More information about this collection from Opening History).

Three Confederate Soldiers

Three Confederate Soldiers

A photograph of Three Confederate Soldiers by Matthew Brady.

Cushing's Artillery Men

Cushing's Artillery Men

Cushing’s Artillery Men (Union soldiers), a photograph by Matthew Brady.

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Illustration from 'The War Romance of the Salvation Army', 1919

Illustration from 'The War Romance of the Salvation Army', 1919; Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College

An illustration (p.4) from the full text of “The War Romance of the Salvation Army”, a book by Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill, 1919.
Courtesy of Harvard University, Women Working, 1800-1930 collection.
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Fifteen digital collections in Opening History aggregation contain documents, photographs, paintings, letters, scrapbooks, newspapers and other materials that cover Japanese American experiences during 1942-1945 in relocation camps in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Praying for Safety, oil painting on canvas by Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1942

Praying for Safety, oil painting on canvas by Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1942

Praying for Safety, oil painting on canvas by Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1942.
Courtesy of MOAC: Museums and the Online Archive of California, Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.), Henry Sugimoto Collection 1928-1990
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