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Virginia (1865) The major economic and political issues of the day, such as the institution of slavery and states' rights are interwoven into the program to offer a contextual understanding of life during the Civil War.  
Charlotte Beauregard, a Virginian, is devastated when her two sons, Samuel and Nathan both join the fighting. Samuel enlists with the Confederate Army while Nathan joins the Union Army. We watch with Charlotte as key events, such as the first shots at Fort Sumter, the Battle of Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address shape the era, and we get to know the political positions of Presidents Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln.  The bravery of Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad are stated and honored. After a poignant rendition of Pickett's Charge-the Confederate Army's final attempt to overcome the northern forces in Gettysburg--the program shifts to a joyous celebration as Charlotte’s two sons are reunited at the farm house.  A lively square dance marks the festive occasion.  The program concludes with the southern surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, VA.  

Charlotte Beauregard - is a fictitious upper-class southern belle.  She wears an elaborate hoop shirt, with matching head piece and gloves.  Speaking in a southern dialect, the character creates a realistic depiction of nineteenth-century mores.

Best for grades 4 - Adult

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