American Antiquarian 

Programs > K-12 Programs > Teaching American History > Preserving Our Democracy > Courses, Seminars, and Institutes

Search this site

Saturday Seminar:

"Revolutionary America, 1763-1789"

Led by
Dr. Steven Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Saturday, January 28, 2008
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Antiquarian Hall
American Antiquarian Society

Steven C. Bullock from Worcester Polytechnic Institute worked with participants to examine a series of primary sources considering the reaction of Worcester County to British attempts to change Massachusetts government in 1774. This response culminated in September with the arrival of some 5000 militia members in Worcester to prevent the opening of the County court. This was a key moment in the coming of the Revolution, a high point in the mobilization of opposition that led directly to the first shots of the Revolution fired at Lexington and Concord. In the words of historian Ray Raphael, this early and open defiance of British authority marked .the First American Revolution.. This seminar introduced and examined this moment using a variety of primary sources, including British political cartoons .Bostonians in Distress. and .The Able Doctor; or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught,. newspaper accounts, provincial records, and the diary of Ebenezer Parkman. Activities included exploration of AAS.s library materials, as well as a workshop during which seminar participants became patriots, Tories, court officials, and militiamen.

8:00-8:15: Welcome and introductions 8:15-9:20: Opening Discussion: The Origins of the Dispute 9:20-10:10: Library materials . exploration and discussion 10:10-10:30: Break (in staff room) 10:30-11:35: Second Discussion: Arguments and Actions 11:35-11:55: Break (in staff room) 11:55-12:55: Third Discussion: The Closing of the Worcester Courts 12:55-1:00: Conclusion


To register, please contact Amy Sopcak-Joseph at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]


Preserving Our Democracy TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars, and Summer Institutes, 2007-2010



American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Tel.: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
e-mail the library

Contact Us
Staff Directory
Site Index
Last updated November 26, 2007

American Antiquarian 
Society logo

This site and all contents © 2011 American Antiquarian Society

Valid HTML 4.01!