U.S. History for Teen and Adults: The Battle of Gettysburg – Turning Point for America?


In this ten-week course we will:

  1. Read and discuss Killer Angels (by Michael Shaara), one of the best stories written about the most controversial of all wars in American history. A historical novel, it unfolds the Battle of Gettysburg, as experienced by both the North and South.
  2. Discuss the causes and results of this war, a war that arguably altered the history, culture, and political trajectory of the United States in ways even the world wars did not.
  3. Consider historical arguments, personalities, and facts from both sides that few people actually know. Was it a “Civil War” or was it the “War Between the States”?
  4. Examine what biblical principles and applications can and should be part of understanding this war that cost over 600,000 American lives.
  5. Meet online once-a-week for an hour. The only ‘homework’ will be to read the assigned portion of the book and be ready to plunge into lively discussion.

Weekly Live Recitation: Friday, 4:00 pm Pacific time
Price: $200
Duration: 10 weeks, January 12th—March 23rd.

Intended Audience:
Adult continuing education (teachers and parents), as well as Juniors and Seniors in high school.

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Teachers and educators who complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion from LEAF.

Tom Garfield, a Michigan native, has lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1977, largely due to meeting and marrying his wife, Julie, there. Their four children all graduated from Logos School and they (and his 11 grandchildren) are still his primary ministry. He was the superintendent of Logos School from when it began in 1981 until 2016. He has a BFA degree in Art and History Education, and a Masters in Educational Administration, both from the University of Idaho. Tom has taught history, art, and directed drama productions at Logos School since its beginning. He earned his Professional Superintendent’s certification from the Association of Christian Schools, Intl. (ACSI), and serves as a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). He is the author of Dear Parents, Return of Dear Parents, Putting Feet On the Trivium (for Admins), was a contributing author to Repairing the Ruins, and recently completed a history of Logos School titled Non Nobis. Tom has been a speaker at the ACCS conferences since 1993 and the Logos School Summer Teacher Training sessions, as well as at numerous Christian schools and groups around the country. He and his family have attended Christ Church in Moscow since 1977.

In his spare time he picks up his brushes, and places nature on a canvas. Some of his artwork can be viewed on his blog, TRG Prints.