This seminar examines Americans’ multifaceted relationship with empire in the nineteenth century. Born in opposition to British rule, the United States struggled throughout its first century of existence to free itself from the webs of an increasingly powerful British Empire. At the same time, Americans developed their own system of empire, rapidly increasing their continental realm through a variety of means and exploiting the structures of European empires to expand commercially around the globe. At the heart of this seminar are the many debates Americans had regarding these developments. Specific topics that will be examined include the Monroe Doctrine, Indian Removal, the Mexican War, relations with Britain, and the War of 1898.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Robert Kagan, Dangerous Nation: America’s Foreign Policy from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (New York, 2007).
Jay Sexton, The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America (New York, 2011)
Travel & Accommodations
To reach Oxford University in England, participants may fly into London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, or London Stansted Airport. Each airport provides service to Oxford by bus. For more information click here.
Workshop participants will be housed at Hertford College. Participants will have their own bedrooms but may share a bathroom and common areas. All participants will be provided with linens and towels. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shower shoes, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. Internet access will be available in the accommodations. Participants should plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.
Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participating teachers traveling internationally will receive a stipend of $500 to help offset travel expenses. All participants must attend all workshop sessions to receive full stipends. Participants who do not complete the entire seminar will receive a reduced stipend. We will present stipend checks to participants prior to the end of the seminar. For more information on our reimburse policy, please click here.
Stipends are taxable. Reporting is the responsibility of the participant.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.
Oxford, OXF OX1 3BW
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