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Saturday Seminar:

Sense and Sensibility: Analyzing the Rhetoric of the Revolution

Common Sense

Led by
Professor Lucia Z. Knoles, Assumption College and
Thomas G. Knoles, Curator of Manuscripts, American Antiquarian Society

Saturday, March 11, 2006
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Antiquarian Hall

Writing to a friend in 1810, John Adams claimed that the real American revolution "was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people." In order to understand how this transformation took place, Adams claimed, we would need to "undertake the laborious, but certainly interesting and amusing task, of searching and collecting all the records, pamphlets, newspaper, and even handbills, which in any way contributed to change the temper and views of the people, and compose them into an independent nation." That is precisely what we will be doing in this seminar.

In the course of the session, participants will learn techniques for analyzing eighteenth century broadsides and pamphlets and use their skills to analyze representative broadsides and pamphlets of the period. By bringing together the results of our textual investigations, we will develop an overview of the themes and techniques which characterized the rhetoric of the revolution.


To register, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at] Preference will be given to teachers from the Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on a waiting list.

TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars, and Summer Institutes, 2006-2008



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