The Voices of History 2016-2017
“The instructor provides creative activities in each class: slavery debates for 1776, radio shows for WWII, political ads for Fiorello!... She has the students work in groups, which helps create friendships amongst the diverse group of homeschoolers. By pushing the students to research and write, she is really preparing my now 15 year old son for college!” - Homeschool Parent
Using a multitude of primary sources from the New-York Historical Society’s collections and library, students will experience history through the words and actions of the statesmen, rebels, mothers, and explorers who shaped our nation. Each five-week course will examine the lives, influence, and perspective of two individuals from a shared moment in our nation’s history. Students will engage letters, diaries, and speeches of these individuals and consider how each shaped American history through their unique and compelling voices.
Voices of History
Ages 14 – 17*
*Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm
$175 per series, $825 for all five
Series 1: Revolutionary America and a New Nation
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
E Pluribus Unum resounded the vision of our founding Fathers and became the emblem of our new nation. Alexander Hamilton and Mercy Otis Warren, two colonial champions of liberty exemplify the Americans who united under its banner. Diverging on their views of the Constitution, Hamilton became a leader of the Federalists, and Mercy Otis Warren became a prominent critic of the new constitution.
Series 2: Westward Expansion
11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Hailed as “The People’s President,” Andrew Jackson stormed into office in 1824 and ignited a new wave of democracy throughout the country. These democratic gains were at the expense of Native Americans. An advocate for Manifest Destiny, Jackson solidified states’ control of eastern lands and forced Native Americans to move west while Cherokee Chief John Ross fought Jackson’s plans of forced removal with the authority of the Constitution.
Series 3: Abolition & the Early Progressives
1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
Women won the right to vote in 1920. This momentous event would not have been possible without the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. Each helped pave the way for legislative victories in different ways. Stanton and Truth symbolize the unity of the early progressives to fight slavery and civil injustices. Born a slave, Sojourner Truth, uneducated and deeply religious, awakened slumbering Americans to the harsh reality of slavery and called to abolish it; Stanton, an educated and wealthy New Yorker, continually pressed for more radical change for women’s suffrage.
Series 4: The Civil War
3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
New York was once called the most northern of cities, the most southern of cities because it both valued its close commercial ties to the Southern cotton industry and abolitionist ideas. Fernando Wood, mayor of New York City and then Democratic Congressman, was committed sustained economic ties with the South and even contemplated the secession of New York City from the state. Frederick Douglass vigorously fought to keep the abolition of slavery the central focus of the war effort and spearheaded the fight for abolition in New York.
Series 5: Reconstruction
4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Elected to office by enfranchised freedmen, African American legislators and politicians joined with Republican northerners to pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. The defeat of the South in the Civil War emboldened radical Republicans like Thaddeus Stevens to fight for the equality and flourishing of all freedmen. Abolishing slavery proved easier than abolishing racism, and African American leaders debated the best strategy to move the interests of African Americans forward. W.E.B Du Bois dedicated his life to fighting racial and economic injustice, refusing to accept the violence and limited opportunities for African Americans in the segregated South.
*Note: To guarantee your child’s spot in a class, tuition must be paid in full prior to the first session. To receive the discount for booking all five series, complete payment must be submitted before Series 1.