Part One: There have been three Tennessee Constitutions, and teachers are tasked to explain what was in them. However, there isn’t a whole lot of curriculum that covers it! No problem. In this power point, “History” Bill will wow you with stories about all three of them (1796, 1834 and 1870). He’ll also explain that the state constitution is a living document; it changes all the time and has been altered about a dozen times in the last half century!
Part Two: The Coal Creek Wars, with guest presenter Barry Thacker. Coal Creek miners fueled the Industrial Revolution in Tennessee, abolished convict leasing in the South, preserved Welsh literature for posterity, and made working conditions safer for miners worldwide. Yet, hundreds of them died in one of Tennessee’s most dramatic tragedies. Four of those sites in Anderson County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while others are haunted by ghosts of Coal Creek miners. Learn their stories as told by living-historian David R. Thomas who will time-travel from Coal Creek’s past to bring that history to life.