620,000 American deaths sound significant? Students can say why in Civil War writing contest

Paul Huggins
September 17, 2013.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – More than 3 million Americans tried to kill each other, a president was assassinated and an entire race of people was freed from bondage.

If that sounds significant, then you might have what it takes to win a short writing contest offered by the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. In 200 words or less, describe “Why Is Learning about the American Civil War Important to America and Americans?”

The contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high school students (public, private, and home schooled) in the Tennessee Valley area. There will be a winner from each of the three school divisions.

Winners will be announced at the group’s first ever Civil War Symposium, an all-day event at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Nov. 2.

Emil Posey, spokesman for the round table, said the purpose of the contest is twofold: To gauge interest by the student community in the Civil War, and to stimulate interest among area youth and their schools.

“In the process, we hope to pick up some interesting entries that we can weave into our future public awareness efforts,” he said.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 30.

Submit entries (only one per student) and questions via email to tnvalleycivilwarrt@gmail.com, or call 256-541-2483.

Entries may be included in the body of your email or as an attached MicroSoft Word document. Include the student’s name, phone number, school and grade level.

The entries must be 200 words or less, and Posey said there is an emphasis on “less,” especially for elementary students.

“Don’t think the closer you are to 200 increases your chance to win,” Posey said. “Brevity is key. Twenty words may capture it for an elementary student.”

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