Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 5

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We got to the Civil War in chapter 5. Both stories covered the topic: first the conditions in the country before, during, and after the war. Lincoln’s assassination is one of those events like the Titanic going down – you know how the story ends, but as you read the story again, you hope against all hopes that it would have another ending.

Juneteenth Feast

Juneteenth Feast to celebrate the emancipation of slaves

Walt Whitman’s poem was touching, but because of the drops of blood mentioned we will not memorize it. My eight-year-old was a bit disturbed by the expression and the mental image.

Instead, we are going to attempt to memorize the Gettysburg address. And by “we” I mean my son. My daughter is too young to memorize prose, at least in my mind. She has her poems to memorize and she is happy with them. They rhyme and are easier to commit to memory.

For our craft or activity, we made a Juneteenth feast: red beans, rice, coleslaw and biscuits. I did not use the recipes in the book, but I was glad the author provided us with traditional recipes from even before the Civil War.

The cabbage salad you see is very easy to make. It has three ingredients: cabbage, coarse kosher salt, and dill. It takes about 10 minutes to put together. I chop the cabbage in the food processor, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt (for about half a head of cabbage) and 1 teaspoon of dill.

If you want a really good taste, you should massage that coarse salt into the cabbage. The salt makes the cabbage softer plus the saltiness gets incorporated evenly in the salad. The dill gives it a heavenly taste.

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