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Alcott, Louisa May. "Women's Part in the Concord [Centennial] Celebration," in Madeleine B. Stern, ed. Louisa May Alcott: Signature for Reform. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002. 

Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence. New York: Vintage, 2006.

Bushman, Richard. "Massachusetts Farmers and the Revolution," in Richard L. Jellison, ed., Society, Freedom, and Conscience: The American Revolution in Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York. New York: W. W. Norton, 1976.

*Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983.

Donahue, Brian. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004, pages 155-220. 

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Concord Hymn" and "Nature" (Introduction).

Fuhrer, Mary. "From Sources to Stories: Reconstructing Revolutionary Lexington in the Classroom." The History Teacher

Gross, Robert. The Minutemen and Their World. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2001. (25th Anniversary Edition)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Mosses from an Old Manse. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1883. http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/nh/mosses.html. (Required Chapters: “The Old Manse” and ""The Celestial Rail-road."")

Linenthal, Edward T. Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993, pp. 9-51.

Massachusetts Historical Society. Selections from The Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1776.  Digitized documents from the Society's collections to be used online before, during, and after the workshop. Originals will be available for viewing at the MHS.

Mires, Charlene. The American Revolution Handbook. NPS, 2008.

National Park Service. Honored Places: The National Park Service Teacher's Guide to the American Revolution. NPS, 2007.

National Park Service. Hour by Hour: Chronology of Incidents Relating to the 19th of April, 1775 The Opening Day of the War of the American Revolution. NPS, 1958.

Thoreau, Henry David. Selections from Walden: "Resistance to Civil Government," and "Slavery in Massachusetts". Available online at: The Thoreau Reader. (http://thoreau.eserver.org/)

*Wood, Gordon S. The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.

*Suggestions for further reading; not required.

Daily Schedule of Readings (tentative)


Gross, The Minutemen and Their World.


Primary Sources from the Coming of the American Revolution, www.masshist.org/revolution.


Mires, The American Revolution Handbook. 

National Park Service. Honored Places. [Lesson one]

National Park Service. Hour by Hour.


Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers.

Bushman, Massachusetts Farmers and the Revolution

Donahue, The Great Meadow, 155-220.

Fuhrer, "From Sources to Stories"


Alcott, "Woman's Part in the Concord [Centennial] Celebration"

Emerson, "Concord Hymn" and "Nature."

Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse

Linenthal, Sacred Ground, 9-51.

Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government," and "Slavery in Massachusetts".

Additional Resources

Minuteman National Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm

Concord Museum: http://www.concordmuseum.org/

Lexington Historical Society: http://www.lexingtonhistory.org/

Paul Revere House: http://www.paulreverehouse.org/

The Old Manse: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/old-manse.html








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