Re-enactors bring history of Bleeding Kansas to school's 7th-graders

04/3/2014 | Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.), The

Seventh-graders at Washburn Rural Middle School in Kansas recently learned a lesson about their state's history when re-enactors shared stories about Bleeding Kansas, a time period that preceded the Civil War. The room was divided into North and South, and students listened to and responded to the actors' portrayals of historic figures expressing their views on slavery and abolition. "We bring historic characters to life on stage. It's an interesting way for people to learn about the Civil War," said re-enactor Tim Rues, who portrayed one of the state's first U.S. senators.

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