Re: Disappointing NY History

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Posted by Dana S. on November 16, 1999 at 13:06:47:

In Reply to: Re: Disappointing NY History posted by Jo on November 16, 1999 at 10:22:38:

: : I found Sarah's comments interesting, though not surprising. When I was going to high school (in NY around the Rochester area), the only mention I recall of the French and Indian War was in the 7th grade and then only recounting the events of Braddock's Defeat and the Fall of Quebec with the deaths of Wolfe and Montcalm. However, it was this brief teaching and the fact that generals were casualties that actually started my interest in this conflict. I started my personal study of the period, learned somewhere along the line of Rogers' Rangers, and eventually got into reenacting and writing. Guess the rest is history. :)

: : However, I do want to say regarding these thoughts, that since I started reenacting during the Bicentennial period (but doing F&I War reenacting), the awareness of the French and Indian War to the general public is much higher than then today, and I attribute it in a large way to the movie LOTM. So besides being an interesting and entertaining film, it also allowed the war to become better known to the general public. Further, it also caused other films to be done, such as Broken Chain and documentaries such as the Archaeology show LOTM and Rogers' Rangers (the latter in which I was involved) to further bring that awareness level up.

: : Though a bit early, but as I am not sure if I will have a chance later on, I want to take this opportunity to wish all the readership a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the meal and have safe journeys. I will be heading to Williamsburg and enjoying an 18th century environ.

: : Sincerely,

: : George A. Bray III
: : Major, Rogers' Rangers
: : Site Historian

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: Welcome back to the board, Mr. Bray! Good to see you post...your thoughts are the same as mine; except I don't remember ever studying about the F&I war; my sons in school now have never covered it (yet); but I've taught them about it....out here in California, the schools (as far as I know of it) don't deal a lot with anything except the rudiments of basic US history which means about 10 minutes on the F&I war; anyway, I don't ever remember even hearing about Braddock at all; but I do agree with you that LOTM did raise an interest in a lot of people I have talked to about the F&I war...more so than if it there had not been a such a great movie....

: And to you, and everyone, a very happy Thanksgiving...

: Jo

Hi Jo and Mr. Bray

This is such a coincidence that we should be discussing this today! Today was my first day as a tutor (Don't worry. I never tutor in Language Arts) in my fourth grader's classroom. I helped two little(darling)girls study the first Social Studies Lesson (Indiana History) of the year. I opened the book, and there was a picture of Tecumseh! The title of the lesson was The Northwest Territory!! Wow! Was I going to have fun with this one. I WAS disappointed to see the lesson picked up right after the Revolution. A perfect opportunity missed. It seems they could have started just a little bit deeper and picked up the F&I War. Well, I did a wee bit of background with them on my own. "Mrs. Steckler, do you mean there were FRENCH people in Indiana?" Oh, we had a great time! Can't wait 'til Thursday! Goerge Rogers Clark! Woooohoooo!

Dana S.

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