Curriculum

The Revolution and Early America unit covers the standard eighteenth century topics that would appear in any textbook. These lessons, however, will push students to dig deeper as they read the documents and  develop historical arguments about topics ranging from the Great Awakening (why was George Whitefield so popular?) to the Stamp Act (why were Colonists upset about the Stamp Act?) to the Constitution (why did the Founding Fathers keep slavery in the Constitution?).  Each lesson offers primary documents that promote conflicting interpretations.  The unit will introduce students to historiography, as they contrast Bernard Bailyn's interpretation of the Declaration of Independence to Howard Zinn's account.  These lessons will emphasize the historical reading skills students will practice all year.



Image: Drawing of the Battle of Lexington by François Godefroy, 1784?. From the Library of Congress.
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