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Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War
12/19/13

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Richard Newman “Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War”

Richard Newman explains the importance of primary documents in helping students understand and engage in discussion about the meaning of freedom. In particular, he talks about the contested nature of the meaning of liberty both during slavery prior to the Civil War and  for African Americans after.

Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
12/12/13

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The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its German printing press, calligraphy called Frakturschriften, and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. In a program recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013, Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explored the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. The lecture was also accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

Samuel Powel: Patriot, Tory, or Neither?
6/10/13

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Samuel Powel has the distinction of being the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and the first after American Independence. Often referred to as Philadelphia’s “Patriot Mayor,” he is depicted as an early ardent supporter of the American cause. In a lecture given on May 30, 2013, author David Maxey journeys back to the early years of the Revolution to take a closer look at Powel and his allegiance. Was Powel always a patriot, or did he only gradually adopt the cause of liberty?

Capital of the World: Philadelphia's Race to Host the United Nations
3/4/13

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From the ashes of the Second World War came the idea of the United Nations—an organization that would serve as a center for international diplomacy. In this lecture given at the Philadelphia History Museum on April 3, 2013,  Charlene Mires, author of Capital of the World, discusses the dramatic, surprising, and at times comic story of the hometown promoters in pursuit of an extraordinary prize and the diplomats who struggled with the balance of power at a pivotal moment in history.