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BCF Press Release



February 1, 2016

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BCF American History class recreates history.

For one history class at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, learning took an interesting turn this past week. “My intent was to give the students an opportunity to look at historical events as more than just facts, events, and people from another era. I wanted them to gain a different perspective on the dynamics of past events to acquire a better understanding of the forces that shaped our country,” stated BCF Dean of Students R. C. Richards, Associate Professor of History and Christian Studies.

According to Richards, students in the history class were given the opportunity to obtain a new educational perspective through acting out scenes and events from the Industrial Age. After moving from the classroom setting to a large open area in the Wellness Center, each student drew descriptive roles and personas from the time period they were studying and quickly took on the historic likeness of their character. Some students were railroad barons, while others were workers, spouses, bankers, and union or government officials. Each student was given a brief background on their character as to their marital status, children, and which company employed them. One student attempted to get workers to unionize, while others had to decide whether they wanted to join a union and have a representative work on their behalf for better wages and working conditions. Some students decided to leave the company for whom they had worked for some time, in order to receive better opportunities. Bankers had to decide whether they wanted to remain loyal to a long-time business, or give support to a bigger business that was trying to take over the industry. Ultimately, the students decided that it was a very complex issue, with family issues and livelihood concerns often being the deciding factor.

“We must always keep in mind that history is not simply the record of the facts; it is the record of our lives,” Richards stated. To learn more about the History program or the 22 other degrees offered at The Baptist College of Florida, please call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.