The Adams Family of Massachusetts: A Legacy of Justice in Action

Developed by Kris Allison, Boston Public Schools

This curriculum unit helps middle-school students learn to use primary sources as they unravel the events leading up to the Boston Massacre, and discover John Adams’s philosophy of justice. The unit also explores the life of John Quincy Adams and his work against slavery, including the Amistad Affair. Students will read original letters, diary entries, eye-witness accounts and other primary sources to understand how John Adams and John Quincy Adams worked to bring about justice during their lives, and attempted to pass on their philosophies to their children. The unit contains ten lessons, including homework assignments, group exercises, and a final project.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Creepy Crawling in Los Angeles: The Manson Family and Cultural Mixing as Apocalypse

24Apr 5:15PM 2018

Charles Manson made national news in 1969 when several “Family” members were arrested for murder, but by then he was well-established in Los Angeles. This ...

Conversation; This Land is Your Land

This Land is Your Land Series: Public Land

25Apr 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Massachusetts has undertaken large scale preservation of open space by government entities. The Boston Public Garden, the Emerald Necklace, the first American public ...

Early American History Seminar

The Time of Anarchy: the Susquehannock Scattering and the Crisis of English Colonialism, 1675-1685

1May 5:15PM 2018

Part of a larger book project, this paper argues that the seemingly distinct conflicts across the English colonies in the 1670s were actually connected by the political ...

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