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Andrew W. Robertson, Associate Professor of History, Lehman College, The City University of New York, and the Graduate Center


When historians teach or write about the American Revolution, they can mean very different things. This seminar will consider two different American revolutions. One was the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783. This was a critical event that had repercussions across the globe for more than two centuries. The second revolution was the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. We will consider the ideological, economic, social, and political causes of the War for Independence. We will also consider the war as a political, military, and social struggle. This course will discuss critical steps made during and after the war for liberty and equality: the abolition of slavery in the North, enhancement of women’s roles, and franchisement of unpropertied white men. Since New York figured as a critical field of conflict in both American revolutions, we will take advantage of our location in New York to visit some of the most important Revolutionary sites.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to and from Columbia University. LaGuardia Airport is the closest to the campus; a taxicab ride is about $30.00 (including a 15% tip), and the M60 city bus goes directly from LaGuardia to the campus every half hour for $2.50 (change only). For visitors arriving at any area airport (including Newark International Airport), shuttle bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal or to Grand Central Station. The Columbia University website also provides detailed driving directions. As parking is not available on campus, participants who drive will need to park in public parking lots.

Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will be placed in private rooms, but will share bathroom facilities. Every floor has a lounge and a full kitchen. The university provides bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring fans, alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. There are telephones in each room, but they require a calling card to make outside calls. Every room is equipped with an Internet connection, but cables are not provided. 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

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

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.

July 6th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   July 12th, 2014 9:00 AM
Columbia University
New York, NY 10025
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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