Posted by Karen S.
My daughter and I took her two older boys to Kenosha
recently. Pat is 8 and Connor is 7. They visited two
museums and had a great time. They told me they wanted to go back
and see the Civil War museum next time. When I asked them if they
knew what the Civil War was, they replied, "Sure, we play war
I felt the need to try to explain the Civil War to
them. Wow, that was a challenging thing to get into! They
knew that Abraham Lincoln was a famous president. While they knew
the word "slavery" neither of them could define it. They
weren't familiar with the term "confederacy." A few minutes into it
and I could feel myself sinking.
These are heavy issues to introduce to little guys. Slavery.
North against South. Succession from the Union. Mason/Dixon
I stopped at the very, very basics, and not because I think I
can protect them from those truths. I realize I needed to
review my history lessons. I want to make sure I don't give them a
revisionist look at things.
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