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April 12, 2011

CCSD Students Learn History First-Hand During 150th Anniversary of Start to Civil War

Moultrie student James LeggettAcross the district, Charleston County School District (CCSD) students are participating in specialized lessons and events in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. These experiences are designed to provide a greater understanding of the roles played before, during, and after the war.

Actor Peter Holland has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in performances at ten CCSD schools. This one-man play is set in November 1863, five months after the Battle of Gettysburg. The play features Peter Holland as Abraham Linconstories of Lincoln’s boyhood, his fight against slavery, the trials of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and his famous words from the Gettysburg address. Students have had the opportunity to meet with "the President” on stage and ask questions in a set of the presidential office.

At St. Andrew's School of Math and Science, on Wednesday, April 13, author Ailene Shields spoke to fourth grade students about her book The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier. Shields dressed in period attire and discussed the work, which is based on letters her great grandfather wrote from the battlefields.

Moultrie Middle studentsOn April 12th, twelve students from Moultrie Middle School were selected to participate in the official ceremony at Ft. Sumter to commemorate the firing of the first shot and the beginning of the Civil War.  These students recently competed in History Day projects, several of which were related to the Civil War.  Eight grade student James Leggett, delivered a powerful speech from a student's perspective on the study of the Civil War, addressing how the historical events since that time have created the atmosphere of acceptance of different groups in which students today are able to be educated.  His speech was so well received that the NAACP requested a copy of his speech and the Mt. Pleasant City Council has asked him to deliver his speech at their May meeting. 

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