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Students at the AP U.S. History role play assemblyColumbia’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class examined the Gilded Age and Progressive Era at its annual role play assembly on Monday. Students took on the role of various figures from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, becoming robber barons, labor organizers and social reformers.

They debated the issues of that time period, such as the appropriate role of government in the economy and women’s suffrage.

“It was a great day for the students,” said Social Studies teacher Stephen Lapolla. “They did a fantastic job taking on the role of these historical figures and arguing about the issues of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many of which are similar to concerns we have today.”