The Multicultural History of Colonial and Revolutionary America


FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Textual analysis and interpretation; Evaluating visual evidence; Research skills

DATES: July 7 - August 3, 2021
PDPs/CREDITS: 22.5 PDPs; option for 1 graduate credit ($160 fee applies)

FEE: Partnership educators—no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit); Non-partnership educators—$400 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

This online course offers you the knowledge, tools and resources to teach early American history with global and multicultural perspectives. The course revisits key moments, movements and developments in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to trace a more diverse story of the nation’s beginnings. It considers how British, Spanish, French, Dutch, Indigenous, Africans and others made and re-made societies in the lands that became the United States.Topics include early explorers, the Columbian exchange, histories of Native American nations, global trade and colonial economies, the transatlantic slave trade and African people in the Americas, and the American Revolution through a global and multicultural lens. Developed with support from the Library of Congress's “Teaching with Primary Sources” program, the course familiarizes you with LoC resources and other best digital history materials. Instructional support and differentiated pathways are provided for elementary and secondary participants.

Topics include:

  • Early explorers and continental mapping

  • Imperial competitors (New Spain, New France, New Netherlands) and the British colonies

  • The histories of Native American nations

  • Settler and Native interactions

  • Global trade and colonial economies

  • The transatlantic slave trade and African people in the Americas

  • The rise of multicultural cities in early America

  • African, Asian and European cultural influences

  • America’s Revolution through a global and multicultural lens

  • The global influences of the Declaration of Independence

Especially for educators of grades 4-12.





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