A Self-Paced Course
The American Revolution is arguably the most significant event in U.S. history. Put simply, without the Revolution, the United States as we know it would not exist. And yet, the Revolution is also one of the events in American history most misunderstood by the general public. It is a much more complex, surprising event than most Americans realize.
This self-paced course explores the American revolutionary era, defined broadly. Participants will gain insight into new scholarly approaches to traditional subjects, including American resistance to British rule, the decision for independence, and America’s victory in the Revolutionary War.
In addition, participants will consider marginalized figures and groups, including loyalists, women, African Americans, and American Indians, who challenge conventional interpretations of the Revolution. Finally, the course examines how the Revolution gave birth to a new – and fractious – style of politics under the Articles of Confederation and US Constitution.
This dramatic range of people and events is not for the faint of heart. Participants will engage in a project as timeless as the Revolution itself: interpreting what exactly American independence meant for the inhabitants of North America and the world.
This course consists of:
- Six seminar sessions led by Professor Brunsman, which can be watched at your convience
- Three pedagogy video tutorials and sample lesson plans on the Founding Era
- Primary source readings that complement Professor Brunsman's lectures
The optional readings and pedagogy resources for each seminar session are listed on the “Resources” tab on the course page.
- Please note: Participants are not required to read or purchase any print materials. Quizzes are based on the content of the seminar recordings rather than the readings.
- Standard Rate: $39.99
- Affiliate Price: $24.99 (Learn more about Gilder Lehrman’s Affiliate School and Public Library Affiliate programs)
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