A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation pulls students into the secession crisis following Lincoln's 1860 election. During a special session of the Kentucky legislature, set against the looming threat of violence, students grapple with questions about the future of slavery and the constitutionality of secession.
Reacting to the Past is an award-winning series of immersive role-playing games that actively engage students in their own learning. Students assume the roles of historical characters and practice critical thinking, primary source analysis, and argument, both written and spoken. Reacting games are flexible enough to be used across the curriculum, from first-year general education classes and discussion sections of lecture classes to capstone experiences and honors programs.
Nicolas W. Proctor is professor of history at Simpson College. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Emory University and is the author of Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South. He is also the chair of the Reacting to the Past editorial board, and the author of Reacting games on the Seven Years' War on the Pennsylvania frontier, the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968, Reconstruction in New Orleans, and the art of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889, as well as a handbook for Reacting game designers. Margaret Storey is professor of history at DePaul University. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Emory University and is the author of Loyalty and Loss: Alabama's Unionists in the Civil War and Reconstruction, the editor of Tried Men and True: Or, Union Life in Dixie, and co-curator of the online exhibit The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections.