We’re thrilled that Woody Holton will be joining us Friday, November 7, 9:00 – 3:30 for a program titled Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution. The name shares the title of his most recent book, a 2007 National Book Award finalist, which will be provided to participants.
His plan for the day is the following:
I. Morning: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
Lecture based on the book
Discussion of selected chapters and primary source documents from Unruly Americans
Debate over whether to ratify the Constitution
II. Afternoon: Zooming Out
Lecture arguing that Indians and slaves helped push Jefferson and Washington into the American Revolution (based on Forced Founders)
Discussion of primary sources reflecting black participation in the Revolutionary War
Group comparison of two Abigail Adams letters
Teachers break into small groups to come up with lesson plans based on Unruly Americans.
While that’s the ambitious plan, he cautions that it’s based on participants first carefully reading the following document packet. Without the preparatory reading, he warns, we’re looking at six hours of lecture!
This program is free but advance registration is required. Contact Matt Karlsen to register or for more information.