Remembering Revolutionary America: History, Memory, and the Construction of National Identity

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

At the conclusion of the War for Independence the United States emerged as a separate political entity, but the process of forging a distinct national identity continued well beyond the Revolutionary era.  History –the events of the war, the activities of the founders, and the process of territorial expansion across the Appalachians into the interior of the continent—quickly became enshrined in myth and legend, providing fodder for the creation of national identity.   This seminar explores acts of remembering, forgetting, and shaping a useable past by analyzing late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century constructions of the Revolutionary era in literature, art, and other forms of popular culture.

Seminar led by Gail Terry, Newberry Library