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AP history students delve deep into United States history
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
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      Eleventh grade students at Melbourne High School are going beneath the surface to discover historical truths in their Advanced Placement U.S. History course. The class, which can also be taken as a concurrent credit course through Ozarka College, is taught by Mr. Doyle Wyatt. According to Mr. Wyatt, it “delves deep into the people and events that have shaped the United States of 2016.” To help one understand the differences between an AP course and a regular history course, Mr. Wyatt explains that his students are asked to take a closer, more analytical look at historical events and people; for instance, there is a lot more to know about George Washington other than his being the “Father” of his country. “My students answer questions like ‘Did he have a temper that may have affected his leadership?’ or ‘Why did he not receive a commission from the British Army?’ or even ‘Did he ever look any different than the white-haired, slightly swollen jawed individual we see on the one dollar bill?’” In the Advanced Placement U.S. history course, MHS students are given the freedom to become better acquainted with the past in finding answers to questions that are not always the easiest to find.

      At the moment, students are studying the late 19th century, commonly referred to by Mark Twain as the “Gilded Age.” When asked about the topic, 11th grade student Destiny Swaims commented, “The Gilded Age was a period of time in American history that looked good from the outside but was actually was a time of political corruptness. I love how Mr. Wyatt teaches the little details of history that aren’t necessarily part of a regular curriculum.” From the influx of immigrants and the growth of American cities to African Americans and women “flexing their muscles in an attempt to improve their lot in life,” it was an amazing time in American history, and Melbourne High School’s AP students get to study it “in all its unfiltered glory,” Mr. Wyatt added.

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