John Adams’s Views on Citizenship: Lessons for Contemporary America

Developed by Todd Wallingford, Hudson High School, Hudson, Mass.

This curriculum unit engages students in an exploration of John Adams’s thinking about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a republic. Each lesson is divided into three sections. “Documents” contains a set of primary sources culled from John Adams’s letters, diaries and essays, followed by questions and activities that help students draw conclusions about the issues and Adams’s views. “Contemporary issues” contains links to news stories, editorials and other documents that help students to consider how Adams might have viewed contemporary issues that resonate with concepts that the documents raise. Finally, service-learning extensions suggests ideas for activities in which students, like Adams, may choose to make a difference.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

In Search of the Costs of Segregation

27Nov 5:15PM 2018

Historians generally treat Jim Crow as a legal, political, and cultural system shaping where African Americans went, whether they voted, and how they acted. Yet it was ...

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Mules, Fuels, and Fusion: Overcoming Entropy and Crossing the Isthmian Transit Zone 1848-1977

28Nov 12:00PM 2018

This talk explores American attempts to construct transportation infrastructures in Panama between the creation of the Panama Railroad and the Carter-Torrijos Treaties. ...

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After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

29Nov 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Despite Emily Dickinson’s world renown, the story of the two women most responsible for her initial posthumous publication—Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, ...

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