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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Learn About the Civil War, Facebook-Style!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

click to enlarge Fun fact: What we call "pokes" now were actually cannonballs during the Civil War. - IMAGE VIA
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  • Fun fact: What we call "pokes" now were actually cannonballs during the Civil War.
Remember Barack Obama's Facebook feed? What a humorous, useful and easy way to learn about what our 44th president accomplished in his first 100 days in office!

With the Civil War sesquicentennial upon us, the Missouri History Museum is very concerned about St. Louis-area students knowing the facts about the region's part in the war.

So, naturally, they turned to social media to help. Kids love social media! And if they don't love learning, well, we'll make them love learning.

Area educators and history buffs are teaming up to produce "The Student's Civil War," books drawing on the design aesthetics of Facebook, Twitter and other newish technology in an attempt to interest students in history.

According to the press release:

This early series in what is sure to be a barrage of books has already gained national recognition for its unique and engaging approach to Civil War history.  Think funky covers that really engage the most reluctant young readers with cartoon graphics and inside pages where a general might have a Facebook page, navigate battlefields with a GPS, or text orders to those under his command.

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According to book reviewer Forrest W. Schultz, "I highly recommend these books, which are thought-provoking and allow students to draw their own conclusions.  The author, Carole Marsh, shows what the Civil War was like through direct contact with the participants."

As we have learned from historical revisionists past, we may want to be a little less enthusiastic about letting people "draw their own conclusions" in certain areas, like war and, oh, whether slavery is still legal or not. Just a thought.

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