Summary of Year I History Content: A Call to Freedom,
- Consider the European Age of Exploration and
Columbus' search for the Indies and examine the first European
encounter with Native Americans.
- Examine the failure of the Jamestown colony,
and the introduction of slavery.
- Discuss arrival of the pilgrims and founding
of Plymouth Plantation. Content also includes a discussion about
hard times endured by the pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, contacts
with Native Americans, and the arrival of the Puritans.
- Explore the origins of American democracy in
New England. Other topics addressed in this historical period include
a discussion of colonial legislatures (the Virginia House of Burgesses,
Williamsburg, VA) and the prevalence of a slave economy.
- Discuss the Proclamation of 1763 and the
"fencing in" of the colonies and consider America's position in
the British Empire after that date.
- Discuss opposition to the Stamp Act, the events
surrounding the Boston Tea Party, and the call to freedom that
issues from events in Lexington and Concord.
Featured documents: The Mayflower Compact, Anne
Hutchinson's letter, and the proclamation of the Stamp Act Congress.
Reading for this year's summer institute
will include Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization
of North America, 1580-1640, edited by Peter C. Mancall; The
World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America, edited
by Colin G. Calloway; How Did American Slavery Begin? edited
by Edward Countryman.