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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: April 1996 to present)

The Valley of the Shadow Project: A Digital Archive of Northern and Southern Community Life in the Civil War

To support the completion of CD-ROM and Internet versions of THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, an interactive program for teaching the American Civil War.

The Valley of the Shadow Project is a hypermedia archive which weaves together thousands of sources about 2 communities— Franklin County, PA and Augusta County, VA — before, during, and after the American Civil War. Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. W.W. Norton and Co. has committed to publish 3 interactive CD-ROMs, the first of which focuses on the coming of the Civil War. That disc has been designed for the educational market and is priced much lower than previous history software. We are seeking support from the NEH to create the second and third CDs, devoted to the war years and their aftermath.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Education Development and Demonstration

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$215,000 (approved)
$214,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1996 – 8/31/1998