Oakham School’s Duesbury Society welcomed Dr James Campbell, Associate Professor in American History at the University of Leicester, for an insightful talk entitled “Reconsidering Reconstruction: New Histories of Post-Civil War America”.
Students commented on how interesting and accessible the talk was, and this was evidenced by the range of probing questions asked. These included: “How successful do you consider Reconstruction to have been overall?”, “How important was Abraham Lincoln to Reconstruction?” and “How helpful is the term Reconstruction for this period of American history?”.
Teacher of History, Robert Evans said, “This seminar provided the Seventh Formers with an opportunity to refresh their memories on the earlier part of their A-level course, and it was also useful consolidation for Form 6.
The Duesbury Society is named after former Oakham schoolmaster R F Duesbury, who taught at Oakham from 1929-65, and as Head of History was a highly influential figure in the School's academic heritage. The Duesbury Society's lectures are an important part of the History curriculum, helping to stimulate our pupils’ enthusiasm for this popular subject.