Gilder Lehrman Civil War Essay 2012 Honda

The Gilder Lehrman Institute presents an annual essay contest for Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School students in grades 6–12. Students examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research in primary as well as secondary sources. 

Prizes

High School

  • First Place: $1,000 to the student and $500 to the school
  • Second Place: $750 to the student
  • Third Place: $500 to the student
  • Honorable Mention: $100 to seven honorable mention students
  • In addition, the student with the top entry from each school will receive a Gilder Lehrman publication to recognize their achievement. The school with the most entries and the school with the highest average judges’ score (minimum 10 entries) will each receive a special certificate and pack of materials.

Middle School

  • First Place: $300 to the student
  • Second Place: $200 to the student
  • Third Place: $100 to the student
  • In addition, the student with the top entry from each school will receive a Gilder Lehrman publication to recognize their achievement. The school with the most entries and the school with the highest average judges’ score (minimum 10 entries) will each receive a special certificate and pack of materials.

NEW Documentary Film Category

This year, students have the option of submitting a written essay or an entry in our new Documentary Film category. Top films will be well researched, well organized, and edited in a manner that is clear, articulate, and visually impactful. We strongly encourage collaboration between language arts and social studies departments to assist students with all aspects of the writing process, and between social studies and arts teachers to assist students with aspects of documentary film production and editing.

  • First Place: $1,000 and an archive of great Civil War documentaries to the student
  • Second Place: $750 to the student
  • Third Place: $500 to the student

Submission Requirements

The 2017–2018 Civil War Essay Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced in mid-March. Additional information, contest forms, a scoring rubric, and other important details on submissions can be found in the 2017–2018 Civil War Essay Contest information packet.

 

High School Division

Click on the title to view a pdf of a winning essay.

First Prize

Catherine Cai, Garnet Valley High School, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
"‘Army Disease’ and America’s Changing Attitudes toward Drug Addiction"

Second Prize

Anastasia LeDuc, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"The Continuing Influence of Slavery and Emancipation on Contemporary African-American Culture"

Third Prize

Nicholas C. Monaco, Collegiate School, New York, New York
"Reconstructing the Crescent City: Benjamin Butler’s Occupation of New Orleans"

Middle School Division

Click on the title to view a pdf of a winning essay.

First Prize

Ellie Schweiker, The Manning School, Golden, Colorado
"A Taste of Food in the Civil War"

Second Prize

Ameera Waterford, Emmanuel Lutheran School, Kahului, Hawaii
"How Death Saved Lives: The Evolution of Medicine in the Civil War"

Third Prize

Idris Young, City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park, Buffalo, New York
"Illustrating War and Race: Political Cartoons and the Civil War"

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Grace Driggers, Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online, Lamar, South Carolina
"West Virginia: Secession or Excision?"

Ngan Kim Le, Mount Saint Charles School, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
"After the Civil War: Radical Reconstruction, Its Birth of Freedom, and Its Civil Legacy"

Austin Mejia, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"Extra, Extra: Journalism and the Civil War"

Nick Ni, Garnet Valley High School, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
"How a Twentieth-Century Movie Made Reconstruction a Failure"

Hiroto Saito, Garnet Valley High School, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
"James Buchanan and the Impact of the Dred Scott Decision"

Gabriel Straus, The Collegiate School, New York, New York
"‘Traitors and their Sympathizers’: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War’s Investigation of George Meade"

Anneka Williams, Harwood Union High School, Moretown, Vermont
"Cross Examining Lincoln: Challenging the Legacy of ‘Honest Abe’"

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