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May Tips for Creating a Day of Rest

Living in Chicago for forty-plus years has taught me a thing or two about embracing the seasons — particularly that magical moment when winter begins to open up into spring. After months of huddling indoors, we Chicago residents gloriously cast off our layers once the thermometer touches the 60-degree mark. Droves of frolickers crowd the paths along Lake Michigan, zoos are overrun, and playgrounds start busting at the seams. The burst of energy derives from the wisdom of experience — from knowing how fickle springtime is in Chicago and how very unwise it is to put away one’s snow boots...

FIFTY Study Page: Connecticut "My Daughter Can"

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FIFTY Study Page: California- "Following your Friends"

“Following Your Friends” is a story about Ralph Lazo and his choice to join his friends in the Manzanar Japanese American Relocation Camp in California. In the spring of 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ralph’s Japanese American friends are told to leave their homes and move to a war internment camp for the duration of the war. Ralph, who is Mexican American, decides to protest the policy by joining Manzanar and remaining with his friends. There he not only sees the terrible conditions of the camp, but he meets some incredible people....

FIFTY Study Page – South Carolina: "Experiment in Freedom"

In “Experiment in Freedom,” we learn about the citizens of Mitchelville, South Carolina – all newly freed slaves early in the Civil War. When the Union Army takes control of Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina, they have the challenge of what to do with the over 1,000 freed slaves that remained behind. General Mitchel proposes that they form their own town – governed and run by the ex-slaves themselves. This is a bold move, to be sure – but one that brings with it surprising success....