Writing Essay on American Revolution

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, February 13, 1913:  Have started my American Revolution essay. I have the introduction written.

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze (1851) (Source: Wikipedia)

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze (1851) (Source: Wikipedia)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma wrote in a previous diary entry that her teacher was going to give a two and a half dollar gold piece to whoever wrote the best essay on the American Revolution.

Why did her teacher select this topic? How did Grandma frame what she wrote?

Grandma—I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you win.

12 Responses

  1. not a topic I would have wanted to attempt

  2. Sounds tough….!

  3. Wouldn’t it be great if we could read Grandma’s essay?

  4. I would love to read it!!!!

  5. I love reading your blog. Such a window into the past!

  6. Has she said yet what the topic is?

    • The previous day she wrote, “At last we have our subject to write upon. Titled the American Revolution.” She didn’t provide any more details.

  7. […] Grandma was writing an essay on the American Revolution. Her teacher was going to give a two and a half-dollar gold piece to whoever wrote the best essay. […]

  8. I agree… it would be great if we could have read Grandma’s essay.

  9. […] Grandma! I bet it feels good to have finished the essay on the American Revolution that you’ve been working on for almost two weeks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you win […]

  10. Ugh I hate essays!

  11. […] in the year, Grandma had written about writing an essay on the Revolutionary War. The teacher told the class that the person who wrote the best essay would win  a 2 1/2  dollar […]

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