The Age of American Revolutions | Newberry

The Age of American Revolutions

The United States and Latin American Independence
Friday, April 15, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Caitlin Fitz, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The half-century that followed U.S. independence was an age of American revolutions. By 1825, most of the Western Hemisphere had broken away from Europe, including Brazil and the entire Spanish American mainland. We will begin our discussion by examining how and why Latin American independence occurred. How did it compare to—and was it influenced by—the U.S. struggle for independence? Next, we will plunge into primary source materials to consider questions such as: why did Latin American Independence become a national obsession in the United States? How did events in Latin America advance antislavery and proslavery agendas in the United States? And how did the inter-American goodwill of the 1810s and 1820s help to fuel manifest destiny, filibustering, and war with Mexico by the 1840s and 1850s?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

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