Baruch Professor Carol Berkin
Leads Faculty Seminar on
Recent Scholarship in American History
Baruch College Professor of History Carol Berkin taught nineteen professors at a seminar on Recent Scholarship in American History. The seminar was conceived as a way of injecting fresh scholarship into the teaching of history in community colleges.
“All of us who teach history need to engage new ideas and test the durability of our older understandings,” Dr. Berkin commented.
The seminar focused on four recent books, selected in an effort to look at familiar survey course topics in a new way:
* Carol Berkin’s Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence demonstrates how attention to gender can revise teachers’ understanding of the American Revolution as a home front war.
* Joanne Freeman’s Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic shows how careful attention to political culture provides new insights into the political conflicts of the early national period.
* Peter Bernstein’s Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation illustrates the connection between technology and the emergence of a market economy in the antebellum years.
* Ira Berlin’s Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves reconstructs the regional differences and changes over time that produced many variations of slavery in America.
The seminar was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Virginia Community College System in partnership with the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. It was held at the University of Virginia and Monticello, June 12 - 20, 2006.
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