Summer Seminars - Teaching American History - The Enduring Legacy of the American Revolution: Liberty Freedom and Equality


2007 - 2008 Session
Theme: 18th Century Heroes of Liberty - the American Revolution

Syllabus (PDF)
2007 Summer Seminar Schedule
2007-2008 Annual Schedule (PDF format)
Teacher Support Team List for 2007-2008 Session (PDF)
2007-2008 Lesson Plans & Projects


Year One: 2007-2008
Summer Seminar Dates: July 9-13, 2007

Values such as liberty, freedom, and equality, frequently alluded to throughout American history, reinforced a common and implied heritage which began in our formal documents. We can underestimate the importance of the American Revolution if we isolate it from its widespread impact. This program seeks to examine the social, legal and political contributions of the heroes (of both genders) who enhanced and furthered the structural ideals and principles embodied in our founding documents.  In addition to examining the primary documents which define the traditional American goals of liberty, freedom and equality, we will draw on the widespread popularity of narratives and biographies.  Through biographies, both the circumstances in which the heroes struggled and the cardinal values to which these people adhered are more fully understood and appreciated.

Field Trips


Hubbardton Battlefield, VT

Saratoga National Historic Site

State Historic Site at Newburgh
(site of the Newburgh Conspiracy
and Washington headquarters.


Photo: From left to right Cathi Canty, David Marr, Debbie Alexander. All of them teach at Castleton Elementary School




Willard Sterne Randall
Sterne Randall is the author of twelve books, including five biographies and two biographical readers. A former investigative reporter, he received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and three Pulitzer Prize nominations during his seventeen-year journalism career in Philadelphia. After graduate studies in history at Princeton University, he turned to writing biographies, which have also garnered three Pulitzer nominations.

"Biographer Willard Sterne Randall has undertaken the study of some of the most difficult and mysterious figures from the American Revolution, producing titles on Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. A professor at Champlain College, he received the highest award of the American Revolution Round Table in 2001, making him the third person ever to be honored with the award." (Contemporary Authors). more information on this speaker
Michael Dwyer
This distinguished teacher from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vermont received the Whittemore Prize for Teaching History in 2000 and was Teacher of the Year in 2004. Michael is former chair of the Social Studies Department at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon. He is on the executive board of the Rutland Historical Society, a frequently contribution to Historical Perspective on PEG (Public, Education, Government) TV. He is an adviser the Teaching American History grant and often provides historical perspectives to book clubs and libraries in the area. In a previous Teaching American History Grant, he spoke on Immigration in Nineteenth Century Vermont at Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester, Vermont.

Kraig Hannum

A middle school teacher from Manchester Middle/Elementary School in Vermont- Grades Six, Seven and Eighth Social Studies with course curriculum covering a wide variety of topics from World and U.S. History and Geography. Other achievements include: participation in the Freeman Experiment Teacher's Project and Scope and Sequence Project (member of writing team for a national project funded by the National Geographic Society), Fulbright Memorial Teacher's Fund program participant. He was selected by Sigrid Lumbra, the History Consultant at the Vermont Department of Education, to be on a task force for the improvement of teaching history in the state.

Carl Fuller
Hubbardton Site Interpreter
Carl is a long time site interpreter at the State Historical Site. He has been involved in putting on workshops at the site for schools in the area and providing tours of the battleground. One of his major responsibilities is the annual commemoration of the Battle of Hubbardton in July. He is a member of the Hubbardton Historical Society.


Paul Andriscin

Professor of History Community College of Vermont, Rutland and Middlebury Sites, Adjunct Professor History: College of St Joseph; Rutland, VT, Adjunct Professor History: Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, Adjunct Professor of History: Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. Site Interpreter Mount Independence Vermont State Historic Site He has been involved in numerous educational activities such as Upward Bound and has been involved in several outreach projects for the Castleton Center for Schools.
Book Discussion Leaders:

Fall 2007: Jacqueline Barbara Carr, UVM

Spring 2008: Carol Berkin, Baruch College, CUNY

Carol Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University where she won the Bancroft Dissertation Award. She is professor of history at Baruch College and deputy chair of the department of history at the Graduate Center. She teaches early American and women’s history. Her publications include: Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist (1974); Women of America: A History (1980); First Generations: Women of Colonial America (1996); and Women’s Voices/Women’ Lives: Documents in Early American History (1998). Carol Berkin has worked as a consultant on several PBS and History Channel documentaries, including, The “Scottsboro Boys,” which was nominated for an Academy Award as the best documentary of 2000. She has also appeared as a commentator on screen in the PBS series by Ric Burns, “New York” and in the MPH series, “The Founding Fathers”, both of which aired in 2000.


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