Study American history at your own time and pace with Gilder Lehrman’s Self-Paced Courses

New York, NY (August 28, 2015): Teachers, lifelong learners, and history enthusiasts can now learn directly from top historians at their own convenience through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Self-Paced Course series.

The courses, designed to provide graduate-level instruction on a particular topic or era, range from early American history through the end of the 20th century. They feature some of the nation’s foremost American history scholars, including award-winning authors Allen C. Guelzo and Edward L. Ayers.

Self-paced courses have been designed to offer complete flexibility for participants. Each course has been fully recorded and is available in full upon purchase, allowing participants to watch videos or listen to audio files of lectures from the comfort of their living room, the coffee shop, or the gym, or during their morning commute.

Each course includes approximately 15 hours of lectures as well as such additional features as round-table discussions, virtual tours of historic sites, and digital labs as well as supplementary reading and primary source materials specially prepared by professors.

Teachers and museum and library professionals benefit from complementary pedagogy sessions that show how to adapt the material to the classroom. The Institute will also send educators interested in continuing education credits (CEUs or PDPs) a letter verifying the number of contact hours completed.

The Self-Paced Course series currently includes the following four courses:

Amazing Grace: How Writers Helped End Slavery, taught by Barnard professor James G. Basker, explores the anti-slavery writings of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that helped end American slavery, from poetry and songs to sermons and slave narratives.

The American Civil War, taught by Gettysburg College professor Allen C. Guelzo, examines the strategy and tactics of the Civil War and considers the enduring legacy of the war 150 years after it ended.

The Global Cold War, taught by University of Texas at Austin professor Jeremi Suri, explores the Cold War’s origins and strategies as well as its impact on America and the world through primary sources and the latest scholarly interpretations.

The South in American History, taught by University of Richmond professor Edward L. Ayers, traces the role of the South across four centuries of American history, from the colonial era to the present day.

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national non-profit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of original historical documents, and a national network of more than 7,000 Affiliate Schools to create and provide a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable, and promote critical thinking and excellent writing.