Lesson 3: Joining the Ranks

Wrapping Up

Conclusion

Today you began reading different accounts of the characters in Bull Run. As you continue through the book, consider whether or not the characters' ideas and perspectives change.

Questions to Discuss

  • What do you think the man meant when he said "Every secessionists' swaddling clothes are woven in Massachusetts... His hobbyhorse is built of Maine cedar, his wedding ring is worked by a Rhode Island goldsmith, his Colt revolver made in Connecticut, and his tombstone quartered in the hills of Vermont." (The South depended on the northern states and the resources and manufacturing they provided to the entire country.)
  • Why do you think the author chose to tell the story from so many different perspectives?
  • Which account did you enjoy most? Why?
  • Do you think the use of propaganda is wrong under all conditions? Why or why not?

Things to Review

Ask your child to summarize the accounts she read today and explain the perspective of the character found in each account.

Special Notes

On page 104 of Bull Run is a list of the cast of characters and the page numbers of their accounts. Your child also has the information on the page, "Cast of Characters."