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Keepers of the Republic
TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars,
and Summer Institutes

Previous course offerings

Spring 2006

Course: "Revolutionary and Early National America, 1763-1832" - This course will cover the political and intellectual origins of America, the Revolution and the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the formation and framework of the American democracy, political democratization, and the diplomatic developments of westward expansion. The course is taught by Dr. Charlotte Haller of Worcester State College and Dr. John McClymer of Assumption College.

Saturday Seminars:

  1. The closing of the Worcester Courthouse, September 1774 and the Beginning of the American Revolution, led by Dr. Steven C. Bullock of WPI (Feb. 11)
  2. The Rhetoric of the American Revolution, led by Lucia Knoles of Assumption College and Thomas Knoles of AAS (Mar. 11)
  3. The Nullification Crises: An Echo of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions?, led by Drew McCoy of Clark University (Apr. 29)
Lecturer: Gordon Wood on May 9, 2006 Environmental Hazards, Eighteenth-Century Style

Summer Institute 2006

  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The Constitution and The Federalist
Gordon Wood


Fall 2006

Course: "Civil War and Reconstruction, 1832-1877" - Examination of the root causes and various consequences of the Civil War: developments of the northern industrial and southern agrarian economies and the issue of slavery, the growing regional conflict and critical developments leading up to the Civil War, the War itself, and efforts to reconstruct the South. The course is taught by Dr. John McClymer of Assumption College.

Saturday Seminars:

  1. The Second Great Awakening and Antebellum Reform, led by Dr. Janette Greenwood of Clark University (Oct. 7)
  2. Frederick Douglass' Narrative and the American Conversation About Race, led by Thomas Thurston, Education Director, & Dr. David Blight, Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery Resistance & Abolition (Nov. 18)
  3. The Rhetoric of Race and Reform, 1861-1871, led by Dr. Lucia Z. Knoles of Assumption College (Dec. 2)


Spring 2007

Course: "Gilded Age Through World War II, 1877-1945" - Survey of the Industrial Revolution, Gilded Age, Immigration, Progressivism and the New Deal, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. The United States' increasing role in world events, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, child labor bans, the Meat Packing Act, and the Federal Reserve Act are key issues in this time period.

Laurel Thatcher 
Ulrich Lecturer: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Remember the Ladies: A New Reading of Abigail Adams's Famous Letter

Saturday Seminars:

  1. Working Families, the "American Standard" of Living and the Origins of the Regulatory State, by Dr. John McClymer from Assumption College (Feb. 3)
  2. "New Era Capitalism" and the Consumer Ethos, by Dr. Stephanie Yuhl from the College of the Holy Cross (Mar. 3)
  3. War Movies and the Shaping of American Civic Identity, Dr. Gary Gerstle from Vanderbilt University (May 5)


Summer Institutes 2007

  1. The Sources of Soviet Conduct
    (June 25-29)
  2. The Gettysburg Address
    (August 20-24)


Fall 2007

Course: "From the Cold War to the War on Terror, 1945-Present" - Examination of American isolationism and its impact on foreign policy, the shift in the balance of power after WWII, factors that contributed to the Cold War, Civil Rights, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, desegregation of school systems, women's rights, and the space race are key issues in this course.

Saturday Seminars:

  1. Teaching "Eyes on the Prize," led by Dr. Janette Greenwood of Clark University (Sept. 15)
  2. The Collapse of these "Evil Empire," led by Douglas Little of Clark University (Oct. 27)
  3. "The Acids of Modernity," led by John McClymer of Assumption College (Nov. 17)


Spring 2008

Course: "The American Colossus, 1763-Present" - Teachers will examine more fully the question of "who gets to be an American?" through in-depth focus on significant events and issues including the Cherokee Removal, abolition, women's rights, Chinese Exclusion, immigration (and immigration restriction), and the Civil Rights movement.

Saturday Seminars:

  1. "Nineteenth-Century Immigration," led by Dr. Ed O'Donnell of the College of the Holy Cross (Feb. 2)
  2. "The Gilded Age," led by Dr. Robert Dykstra of Clark University (Mar. 1)
  3. "The New York Anti-Draft Riots of 1863" (Apr. 12)


Summer Institutes 2008

  1. "Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech " (June 23-27)
  2. "The Declaration of Independence" (August 11-15)


Fall 2008

Course: "American Voices, 1763-Present" - This course will examine Americans' search to develop a distinctly American language — Noah Webster's Dictionary is an early and influential example — distinctly American religious practices, a distinctly American literature, a distinctly American visual arts, and a distinctly American music.

Saturday Seminars:

  1. "The Hudson River School, led by Virginia Raguin (Oct. 4)
  2. The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, instructor TBA (Oct. 25)
  3. Memory Matters: The Problem of Historical Memory in American Culture, led by Stephanie Yuhl (Nov. 22)



Courses and Saturday Seminars are open only to teachers in the Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts. Lectures are free and open to all educators.



To learn more about this program, read James David Moran's remarks, delivered on October 14, 2005, at the launch of the Keepers of the Republic: A Teaching American History Project


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