A New Nation asks students to consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.
New Directions in Choices’ U.S. History Series
The goals of the program are to provide:
- An introduction to the Choices multiyear expansion of its U.S. History series that will align with a typical U.S. history scope and sequence;
- An examination of three Choices U.S. History units, The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion, Westward Expansion: A New History, and A New Nation, each of which strives to tell a responsible and thorough account of a moment in U.S. history;
- Ideas on pedagogical approaches to teaching about contested historical turning points from multiple perspectives; and
- Practical ways to implement Choices materials in diverse classroom settings.
This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will be asked to engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars:
Dr. Linford Fisher will provide an introduction to his innovative, ground-breaking Database of Indigenous Slavery in America.
Françoise Hamlin will speak on a topic to be determined.
Prerequisite: Participants are asked to read the student text of the American Revolution unit and Westward Expansion unit before attending. A pdf copy of each unit will be emailed upon registration.
The following three units: American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion, Westward Expansion: A New History, and A New Nation (forthcoming), lunch each day, parking, and a certificate of attendance.
U.S. History teachers and department chairs are the main audiences for this program. Materials are appropriate for and can be adapted to a high school or introductory college-level audience. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.