The American South plays a central role in American history, from the first permanent English colony through the election of 2008. This course will focus on key episodes when Southern history and the history of the nation intersected at particularly important points: the emergence and spread of slavery, the founding, the Civil War, the complex unfolding of emancipation, the creation of segregation, and the civil rights struggle. The course will be taught in Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in museums and historic sites that will be used to explore the subjects addressed in the seminar.
Please find below important information regarding The South in American History.
A course reader will be sent to participants with selected readings.
Travel & Accomodations
Located just 100 miles south of Washington, DC, Richmond is only ninety minutes from Virginias beaches and ninety minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. There are several options for traveling to and from Richmond.
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is located seven miles northeast of the city of Richmond and approximately twelve miles from campus. Taxi and rental car service are available.
Amtrak serves the University of Richmond via its Staples Mill Road station (RVR), which is located approximately five miles northeast of campus. Taxi and rental car services to campus are available.
Greyhound serves the Richmond area through its North Boulevard station located approximately six miles northeast of campus. Taxi service to campus is available at the station.
For more information on travel, visit the University of Richmond website.
Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. Wireless Internet service is provided throughout the campus. Some participants choose to bring laptops.
The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.
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.
Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.
Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar.
Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses.
Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State College to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers.
Teachers are required to submit a reaction paper and a copy of one primary source activity completed during or immediately after the seminar.
Teachers will also be given an opportunity to take additional online and distance coursework that counts toward an MA in History from Adams State College.
To ensure that your credit appears on your transcript as summer-term class work, you must enroll by August 3, 2012.
E-mail the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.