Unusual Classes: Students Learn Pittsburgh’s Secrets Firsthand

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On the site of the Civil War’s worst single day of civilian casualties — Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, where a munitions factory exploded on Sept. 17, 1862 — students in the English department’s “Secret Pittsburgh” class, taught by Jessica FitzPatrick, gathered to understand exactly how it happened, why 78 young girls were the vast majority of victims and how it affected the neighborhood.

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