Civics Tune Up
We'll be discussing dates and events that are pivotal in U.S. History. Rediscover the rights that were established in the early days of our country, and how we benefit from them today. Illustrations and cartoons will be used to keep things interesting, exciting and fun. Come prepared for a lively presentation and discussion.
Free Will Tuition, No one is turned away. All proceeds are donated to the One91 Community Education Scholarship Fund, which allows students in financial need to participate in Community Education classes.
We meet on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm at Diamondhead Education Center, Upper level Room 2020. Attend one or all.
Session 1- September 27
"In the beginning, all America was Virginia"-William Byrd 1607-Jamestown
Learn about the first permanent British settlement. Why did people come and what were they hoping for in the New World.
Session 2-October 11
"In America, people don't ask,'what is he?' but 'what can he do?'"-Benjamin Franklin
Taxes and laws were imposed on colonists that they believed to be unfair. Their response to these taxes and laws, created and defined our freedoms as laid out in the Declaration of Independence. We continue to use these freedoms to fight injustices.
Session 3-October 25
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine"-Poor Richard's Almanac
1787-The constitution and the Bill of Rights. What did we learn from the failure of our first governing document, and whi is the Bill of Rights so important?
Session 4-November 1
1815-1825:Nationalism; 1819-1860: Sectionalism
State vs Country? Pride for section or state over nation. George Washington, in his Farewell Address to the nation, warned Americans against the dangers of sectionalism. We'll look at how sectionalism became a major contributor to the Civil War. Can a large nation, comprised of diverse areas of vastly different culture and industry come together?
Session 5- November 8
"That Strange, Sad War"- Walt Whitman
1861-1865-The Civil War era. What are the 13th – 15th amendments? How did these amendments change the country and how did the Civil War and its aftermath affect the United States? What rights did we gain and hold dear from this war?
Session 6-November 15
How do we get equal rights if we can't even speak in public?
A brief overview of women's rights in the United States, from the Seneca Falls convention to our most recent presidential election.
Burnsville High School graduate, Nikki Hauck, attributes her love for American History and her decision to become a teacher, to the influence of two teachers at Burnsville High School. Nikki believes that knowing the past is critical to a better understanding of today. As a middle school history teacher, she mentored several students who competed in the National History Day competition in Washington DC.