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Lord of the Flies Meets National Treasure: 7th Grade Revolution Puts Kids in Charge

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On Halloween, the entire 7th grade of Washington Academy Middle School is brought together for an assembly and told there has been a successful revolution. The students will now make all the decisions for the 7th grade and the only requirements is that they must stay within state and federal law. However, outside of those parameters, everything else is fair game. Immediately, leaders emerge, groups are formed and the students try to determine how best to manage their newfound power. A revolution is not the only exciting event to take place this Halloween, the students also discover a hidden cavern beneath their school where the loyalties of our Founding Fathers are questioned and the history books might not be giving…

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Kunstler’s The New Nation recreates Washington’s most famous Christmas

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What was your most memorable Christmas night? If you’re George Washington, it was probably the evening of December 25, 1776, when you made a nighttime crossing of the Delaware River in order to launch a surprise attack against Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey the next morning. The operation helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Merry Christmas, General Washington! Now, there’s a new book that faithfully and accurately captures that scene, and you can put that book under the Christmas tree of your favorite hard-to-shop-for history buff. The New Nation: The Creation of the United States in Paintings and Eyewitness Accounts: The Art of Mort Künstler (Sterling 2014) is a meticulously researched account of the birth of our…

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“I would rather be assassinated on this spot…”: Daniel Stashower on Lincoln, Presidents Day, and secret plots

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by Daniel Stashower On the eve of the Civil War in 1861, Abraham Lincoln ignored a looming threat against his life and gave an emotionally charged speech in honor of George Washington’s birthday. “All imagination,” Abraham Lincoln was reported to say when confronted with threats against his life. “What does anyone want to harm me for?” But on the morning of February 22, 1861, as the newly-elected President raised a flag over Independence Hall in Philadelphia to honor George Washington’s birthday, he could not afford to be so cavalier. For thirteen days, as Lincoln traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration, the air bristled with talk of an assassination plot. In Maryland, where his train would dip…

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