9:30 am to 12:30 pm
In present-day historical memory, the words and deeds of the “Founding Fathers” cast a shadow so large that it often obscures our understanding of the development of American political ideas and institutions. This seminar will propose some approaches to the early American republic that look beyond this preoccupation with the “Founders” and towards a more inclusive, comprehensive, and complex understanding of that period. In doing so, we will examine texts, images, and artifacts that illustrate the emergence of a popular, grassroots political culture, giving particular consideration to the role of newspapers and pamphlets, parades and public festivities, voting and election rituals, music, taverns, food and drink.
Registration for all Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars opens September 4, 2014.
For NTC registration information, please contact Charlotte Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.