The Birth of Freedom

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The Birth of Freedom

Just recently we celebrated the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a milestone in civil rights. We decided to base our National History Day Exhibit on this milestone, more specifically the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation is important to us because we ourselves would be considered a minority in a new nation.  During the creation of the new nation our ancestors probably faced a difficult society unlike their own. The battle for civil rights lasted more than 200 years and we feel that this topic’s importance needs to be displayed. Vince thought about this year’s theme during the regional competition last year at Mount Vernon. He walked around contemplating a time period in history that would have made a milestone in civil rights.  We ultimately agreed that the Emancipation Proclamation was the best topic because it set the stage for freedom for future generations to come. To conduct our research, we first started with a flow map of our major events that started with the founding fathers and continued to the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Wolfe was our first interview, and directed us to many resources, both primary and secondary. We then found books on the Emancipation Proclamation as well as more primary resources at a library. We visited the Fords Theater, where we gained a better sense of what made an exhibit. Another highlight of our research was when we visited Frederick Douglas’s home in Washington D.C and interviewed descendants of both Frederick Douglas and his wife, Helen Pitts.            We chose to present our project as an exhibit because we felt that we could display many of our primary resources as well as showcase our ideas visually.  We felt we could use many elements of an exhibit, such as imagery and color, to effectively bring out the mood of this harsh era in history. At first we opted for a rotating board with six panels. We soon realized that we had too much information and resources for just...
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