Money from the
During the Civil War,
each of the Confederate states produced its own currency. Each state
designed, printed and licensed banks to print money. Most of the
banks in the South did not have the funds necessary to back the
paper money with actual gold or silver. At the conclusion of the
Civil War, the money produced in the Confederacy was worthless.
Activity 1: Reading Currency
completion of this activity, students should be able to:
- Compare and contrast Confederate
currency with modern United States currency.
- Discuss the symbols used in the
designs of currency.
- Demonstrate creative writing
skills using historically based information.
this lesson, you will need the following images:
Grade 4: Topics/Contents: A16, Skills: A1, A2, A3, B12, B13, D24,
Grade 8: Topics/Contents: D20, D21, D22, Skills: A1, A6, A9, A10,
B15, C26, D34, D38, D39
- Make a copy of each of the bank
notes for each student.
- Ask the following questions:
Compare the Confederate money to
United States currency.
- Where was the money printed?
- What are the dates on the
- What are the denominations on
each of the notes?
- What are some of the symbols
or pictures on the notes?
- When will the amount of the
one hundred dollars be paid to the bearer of the note?
- What symbols are used on
United States money?
- Are there dates on the money?
- Who prints the money ?
- Is the name of a city on the
money? If so, which city is it?
- Allow the students to use research
resources to locate information on the Treasury of the United
States or on the production of currency in the United States.
They should find some information on the symbols used in the
design of money. ***Reminder: Many times a student will have a
parent or a grandparent who is a coin collector. Invite a
collector to class to explain his/her collection and to be
interviewed by the students.
- Ask the students to think about
the twenty five cent note. Ask the students to write a paragraph
describing when paper might be more convenient than coinage.
Activity 2: Creating Money
Upon completion of this activity, students should be able
- Create a symbolic document based
upon historical knowledge and research.
Grade 4: Skills: A1, A2, A3, B12, B13, D24, D29,
Grade 8: Topics/Contents: D20, Skills: A1, A6, A9, A10, D34, D38,
- Give each student several sheets
of plain, white paper.
- Allow the students to create their
own symbols for their state and city in order to create a
Confederate one dollar bill.
- Attached to the created money
should be a list explaining the symbols that were used on the
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