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Mrs. Pruitt's 5th Grade Social Studies
Our journey through U.S. history starts at the end of the Civil War with Reconstruction. We will begin our study quickly and progress from 1865, when slavery ended, and the Freedmen's Bureau was helping freed slaves and poor whites adjust to independent lifestyles. This is just the beginning of an incredible trek through history that has developed and changed our country. Much of our study can be enhanced at home with personal family history and how your family played a part in U.S. history. For example, my grandfather, Alvin D. Garrett, was a gunner in World War II. He was in the first air raid on the Germans during the largest sea invasion in history at Normandy, France, known as D-Day, or Operation Overlord. My grandmother, Mary Catherine Natali Clark, was a "Rosie the Riveter", helping make war supplies. This was a time in history when women found independence in the workforce while keeping American factories working. Men were needed as soldiers, so the ladies stepped up to the jobs left at home. What part of history did your family play? Talk about it with your family members!