London Elementary Teacher holds Civil War reenactment – CBS Sunday Morning

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N.C. Teacher Helps Fifth-Graders Make History 

I stumbled upon a rather interesting human interest story about a fifth grade teacher in North Carolina who teaches his students about the Civil War through an elaborate three-day reenactment. The teacher, Eric Marshall, does this reenactment every year to make sure his students “connect” with the Civil War and that they understand the tremendous toll it took upon the country.

I think it’s a fascinating example of how ‘academic history’ can be translated into ‘public history’, and how children can be transported into the past in such a direct manner. There’s a local news article that goes into more detail here, but I found out about the story through a nationally televised segment on CBS Sunday Morning.

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One thought on “London Elementary Teacher holds Civil War reenactment – CBS Sunday Morning

  1. Terrific “find”– I didn’t realize how much the “reenactment” thing had reached down into the school level– though it makes sense, given how teachers are always trying (desperately!) to reach students.

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