Terrible War and the Rebirth of America (1855-1890)

Terrible War and the Rebirth of America (1855-1890)


Travel into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Become acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and Jefferson Davis. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil. Off the war fields, War, you will study the passion and commitment of abolitionists and slaveowners alike in their fiery debates throughout the land.

Moving forward through the rebuilding of America, we will meet Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, Thaddeus Stevens, Thomas Edison, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Andrew Jackson, and a nasty theatre fellow named Jim Crow. History is rich with the first impeachment, the Wild West, the development of Native American reservations, the first circus, and the great number of immigrating families. This was a time of great hope and incredible change. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country and new cities were springing up across the West.

Ms. Emilie will guide you through this dynamic period of American history with engaging discussions and exciting activities!


  • Recommended for ages 11 and up
  • Instructor: Ms. Emilie Thatcher
  • Mondays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 8 classes
  • September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1


A graduate of Brigham Young University, Emilie Thatcher just moved to the Midwest to explore the rolling cornfields. With a degree in Finance and English, Emilie enjoys the analytical side of business as well as the creative process of writing and reading. Emilie also taught American History during her undergraduate which gave her a greater appreciation for discussion and the acceptance of new ideas. As a teacher, she loves helping students find their own perspectives and opinions based on the facts.


In her spare time, Emilie enjoys running with her daughter, teaching piano lessons, spending time in the mountains, and reading medical books to keep up with her husband in medical school. Most days she can be found in the library, reading books in the children’s section. 


Teaching style: classroom discussion, lectures, hands-on activities, written work, student presentations


Student Reviews:

  • In the history and finance classes I took with Ms. Emilie, she always had great presentations, was well prepared, and always shared interesting information on her slides. She’s nice and creative, and a really good teacher. - Abby, student
  • Amazing! Ms. Emilie is a kind, patient, intelligent teacher. The discussions are always interesting, and her lessons are well-prepared. I learned more about history than I have in years, and I know so much more regarding finance. I’m so glad I took classes with her! -Mia, student