Hamilton's World: Founding Era Documents

How did the United States become a country? How do we know that we have the real story? We know because we have evidence written and created by people who lived at that time. For four classes we are going to look at some of that evidence and explore the birth of our nation through words and pictures that can tell us what really happened.

This course had an estimated weekly commitment of 45 minutes. There is no additional work or reading required.

Intended Audience

This course is for upper elementary school and middle school students (grades 3–8). 


Each class is a stand-alone 45 minute lesson.

Class 1

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Who Tells Your Story? The Boston Massacre and Bostonians Paying the Excise Man

Class 2

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

The Shot Heard ’round the World: Lexington and Concord

Class 3

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Washington Crosses the Delaware: The Battle of Trenton

Class 4 

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The World Turned Upside Down: Cornwallis’s Surrender

Meet Your Teacher

Tim Bailey is the Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He developed the Hamilton Education Program and the Teaching Literacy through History program. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Utah. Before working with the Gilder Lehrman Institute Mr. Bailey taught 4th, 5th, and 8th grades in Salt Lake City. Among his distinctions are National History Teacher of the Year (2009) and Utah State Teacher of the Year (2001).

Participation Certificate

Students who get 100% on the attendance quiz can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their attendance for each History School session.


Please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org with any questions about the course.