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Program Report: Alexander Hamilton hosted at Fraunces Tavern, NYC

This last Saturday, October 15th, the esteemed Dr. Stephen Knott presented a Forum at the Fraunces Tavern in New York City.  Fifty-five teachers from several states gathered at this historic site, the very place where General Washington bid farewell to his troops at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.  Dr. Knott spoke on “Hamilton’s View of Federal Power”, “Launching the New Government” and “Cabinet Warfare: The Report on Manufacturing and the Whiskey Rebellion” as topics, as well as all facets of Hamilton’s life, his workings with Washington, the rivalry with Jefferson and the duel with Burr that ended his life. All participants received a copy of Dr. Knott’s latest book, “Washington and Hamilton: An Alliance That Forged America”   This program was generously funded by the Achelis & Bodman Foundations.  

Teachers at the Fraunces Tavern

Teachers at the Fraunces Tavern

 

Program Reports: “The American Founding” and “The Origins of the Cold War”

The Manatee Technical College hosted a two day TAH.org seminar on the topics of The American Founding and The Origins of the Cold War that drew teachers from southern and central Florida.  Dr. David Alvis, from Wofford College, led the discussion on The American Fouding, with three sessions that considered documents such as Abraham Lincoln’s “Fragment on th the Constitution”; Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; James Madison’s “Vices of the political System of the United States” Federalist Papers #47, #10 and #51.  

Dr. David Krugler, Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, chaired conversation in the Origins of the Cold War Seminar.  Thirty educators came together to discuss documents of Wartime Alliance 1939-1941, followed with readings on the Origins of Containment 1945-1947 and we concluded with primary sources on the Practice of Containment 1947-1950.  

For more information on upcoming seminars and programs, please visit www.teachingamericanhistory.org.  

Teachers with Professor David Krugler at Manatee Technical College

Program Report: “Civil Disobedience” Seminar in Asheville, NC

Last Saturday teachers from four states gathered in Asheville, North Carolina for one of the final TAH.org seminars of 2015. They discussed “Civil Disobedience” with Dr. David Alvis, an interesting topic that explored America’s founding and it’s roots in civil disobedience. What does civil disobedience mean? How far can a person or group act upon their convictions before it deemed not civil?

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This seminar’s three sessions began with John Locke’s Two Treatises and the Declaration of Independence. Was the American Revolution “revolutionary” or merely a “war for independence” when compared to the French or Russian Revolutions. The second session considered Henry David Thoreau’s idea of conscientious disobedience, that a person is morally obligated to act upon any repugnant injustice or law, regardless of the outcome. However, with that idea come events like John Brown acting on his own moral authority who murders in the name of justice. Juxtapose Thoreau’s writings with Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum address and he warns of the dangers with “mobocracy” and the need for rule of law at all times. Our third session compared Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail writings to Malcolm X “The Ballot of the Bullet”.  All in all, it was a very thought provoking day.

We hope to meet you at one of our programs in 2016.

 

Program Report: “Civil Disobedience” Seminar in Bartow, Florida

On Saturday, October 24th, teachers from Central Florida gathered in the 1902 Historic County Courthouse in Bartow for a TAH.org Seminar on Civil Disobedience led by Dr. David Alvis. An interesting topic which explored America’s founding and it’s roots in civil disobedience. What does civil disobedience mean? How far can a person or group act upon their convictions before it deemed not civil?

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This seminar’s three sessions began with John Locke’s “Two Treatises” and the “Declaration of Independence”. Was the American Revolution “revolutionary” or merely a “war for independence” when compared to the French or Russian Revolutions? The second session considered Henry David Thoreau’s idea of conscientious disobedience, that a person is morally obligated to act upon any repugnant injustice or law, regardless of the outcome. However, with that idea came events like John Brown acting on his own moral authority to murder in the name of justice. Juxtapose Thoreau’s writings with Abraham Lincoln’s “Lyceum Address” and he warns of the dangers with “mobocracy” and the need for rule of law at all times. Our third session compared Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” writings to Malcolm X “The Ballot of the Bullet”. Overall, this was a very thought provoking day.

You may access the seminar materials for this program here.

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Program Report: Vietnam War Seminar in West Palm Beach, FL

On Saturday, October 17th, Palm Beach County School District hosted a One-Day Seminar on The Vietnam War. Dr. Will Atto from the University of Dallas led the discussion on this complicated and controversial modern American event. Participants discussed Diem’s rise to power and the American policy. Readings included pieces from John F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, and Henry Cabot Lodge.  The conversation segued to the Tet Offensive and considered the impact the Tet Offensive had on American opinion, the media, politics, the war effort as well as the military morale. The last session of the seminar focused on Nixon’s “Peace with Honor”, Vietnamization, and the lasting legacy the Vietnam War had on a generation of Americans.

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“American Founding” Seminar in Orlando

Teachers from the greater Orlando, Florida area gathered to celebrate Constitution Week at the Osceola History Museum for a seminar on the American Founding. This seminar discussed the principles of the American Founding and the documents that embody those principles, especially the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. Participants also spent time discussing Alexis de Tocqueville’s visit to America and his view of American Exceptionalism, Patriotism, and Democracy.

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Teaching the Federalist Papers to high school students can be daunting, yet Dr. Eric Sands had a unique way of presenting the difficult concepts of Federalist #10, #47, and #51 in such a manner that educators said they felt “more at ease in conveying the material to my students”.  When the seminar concluded, attendees were given the opportunity to enjoy the Osceola History Museum.

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