NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers

NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers at the New-York Historical Society
Summer 2014: Race and Politics in the American Civil War

Please note that this program will not be offered in Summer 2015, but continue to check here for information on future institutes!

“Nearly a century and a half after its conclusion, the Civil War remains the central event in American history,” asserts historian Eric Foner (institute faculty member) in the introduction to Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society’s 2013 book, The Civil War in 50 Objects.

“The reasons for the war’s continued relevance lie…in the fact that it raised so many questions that remain fundamental to Americans’ understanding of themselves as a nation. What are the concrete meanings of freedom and equality? Who is entitled to American citizenship? What should be the balance of power between local authority and the national government?” These questions and more were explored during our Summer 2014 NEH Institute, Race and Politics in the American Civil War!

This past Summer, we gathered together some of the nation’s best-known historians to join thirty K-12 teachers for this two-week institute from Monday, July 14through Friday, July, 25, 2014. Teachers, scholars, and the project directors engaged in deep discussion and investigated the New-York Historical’s one-of-a-kind primary sources, including artifacts, works of art, and our research Library, full of historic documents. We also took advantage of some of New York City’s historic sites on field trips to the African Burial Ground, the Irish Hunger Memorial, Five Points, South Street Seaport, and Castle Garden.

Participants gained fresh perspectives, experienced the most up-to-date scholarship on the history of the Civil War first hand, and received a wealth of primary and secondary resources. Participants worked in groups to apply scholarly lectures and in depth library research to create lesson plans designed for their respective grade levels. These lesson plans, including accompanying primary sources and worksheets, will be made available on this website soon!

“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

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