Friday July 1, 2016

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General John Bratton

Born in 1831 in Winnsboro, SC, John Bratton worked as a doctor and planter before the Civil War. During the war, he enlisted as a Private in the Confederare Army, rising in rank to a Brigadier General by war’s end. After the war, he held a number of state and national offices. He retired from politics in the 1880s and returned to Farmington, his estate near Winnsboro. He died in 1898.

Welcome to American History: Telling Our Story

The Teaching American History grant was awarded to the Olde English Consortium in 2003, and again in 2006, with the purpose of increasing teacher and student content knowledge of American history. The project includes free summer course offerings on American history for social studies teachers through the University of South Carolina - Lancaster. Teachers who participate in these classes also receive classroom supplies and materials, such as books and videos.

The Teaching American History website contains lesson plans, created by a committee of local social studies teachers, which correlate with the state curriculum standards. The site is also home to information gathered and digitized from local museums and libraries. Therefore, teachers and students now have easy access to primary sources such as documents and photographs, as well as important website links and virtual tours of local historical sites and resources.