Hamilton's World: People from the Founding Era

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 weeks 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 occurred in the fall of 2020 and is provided for viewing purposes only. No certificate will be awarded for watching the videos.

Intended Audience

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

Class Schedule and registration

Each class was a stand-alone lesson.

Week 1


CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. ET

Phillis Wheatley

Week 2


CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. ET

John and Abigail Adams

Week 3


CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. ET

Peter Kitteredge

Week 4 


CLASS RECORDING from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. ET

Henry and Lucy Knox

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).


Video Playlist

Class sessions are recorded and will be posted within 3 business days.


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