Putting the Founding Fathers in their Place | Newberry

Putting the Founding Fathers in their Place

Popular Politics in the Early American Republic
Friday, October 17, 2014

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Mark Schmeller, Syracuse University
Wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

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.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars opens September 4, 2014.

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