Lesson Plan: Who Writes Her StoryWho Writes Her Story?
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–Wash’s sister, Jenny, July 1866
Plan: This is a classroom/writing activity designed to get students to critically engage with primary sources. In preparation for this class, students are expected to have read the letters between Wash Nelson and Mollie Scollay and Wash’s memoir.
In groups of three, discuss:
- What omissions are in the historical narrative? What “items” Jenny, as editor, might have wanted Wash to include?
- How might have the historical narrative been different if Mollie had written it about Wash or the two of them had co-written it?
- Had she written one, what would Mollie’s memoir look like? How would her experience of “Confederate Living” in Union-occupied Virginia had differed from Wash’s experience as a prisoner of war?