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American History Intensive

Agora Foundation Online Intensive - The Story of America

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America that “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” By most accounts, America is a profound experiment whose effect on the world cannot be overstated. Through a keen sense of destiny and a wealth of natural resources, the country has helped to transform political structures globally, as well as humankind’s vision of itself. The meaning of the “shot heard round the world" in 1775 is still unfolding, with no guarantee that a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” By varying degrees, the nation continues to strive to live up to its principles, and the struggle for equality for all its citizens continues to be a central difficulty. 

 

Through the lenses of race, religion, politics, education, media, commerce, science, and culture, this series will explore the history of America through three four-month sections, and will attempt to find answers to our essential American questions: How can we describe the American Mind? What are the country’s core values and central tenets?  Can those core values and central tenets endure? How has America’s role on the international stage changed over time?   

 

All reading materials will be supplied and sessions will be facilitated by tutors experienced is shared inquiry and the Socratic method. Groups will be limited to 12 participants and no prior knowledge is required. Teachers will be offered 3 CEU credits for participation in each section.  Each Four-Month Weekly Series (Each Section) is $600. Community of Lifelong Learners subscribers receive a discount of $100 through a refund. 

Each Four-Month Weekly Series (Each Section) is $600. 
Community of Lifelong Learners subscribers receive a discount of $100 through a refund. 

- Now Enrolling -

Colonial Experience to the Declaration of Independence 
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 21 and ending Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Section One Texts:

1) The Americans: The Colonial Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

2) Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

3) Declaration of Independence

Section One Payment Options: (Regular subscribers will receive a $100 refund)

Option One: Make one payment of $600. 

Option Two: Make three monthly payments of $200 each. 

American History Intensive​ - Dates and Curriculum -
Colonial Experience to the Declaration of Independence

Session One:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Book One - The Vision and the Reality

Part One - A City Upon A Hill:
The Puritans of Massachusetts Bay

Pages 1-31

 

Session Two:
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Two - The Inward Plantation: The Quakers of Pennsylvania

Pages 33-69

 

Session Three:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Three - Victims of Philanthropy: The Settlers of Georgia

Pages 71-96

 

Session Four:

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Four - Transplanters: The Virginians

Pages 97-143

 

Session Five:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Stamped from the Beginning

Prologue

Part One - Cotton Mather

1. Human Hierarchy

2. Origins of Racist Ideas

3. Coming to America

Pages 1-46

 

Session Six:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Book Two - Viewpoints and Institutions

Part Five - An American Frame of Mind

Pages 145-168

 

Session Seven:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Six - Educating the Community

Pages 169-188

Session Eight:

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Seven - The Learned Lose Their Monopolies

Pages 189-206

Session Nine:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Eight - New World Medicine

Pages 207-240

 

Session Ten:
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Stamped from the Beginning

Part One - Cotton Mather

4. Saving Souls, Not Bodies

5. Black Hunts

6. Great Awakening

Pages 47-76

 

Session Eleven:

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Nine - The Limits of American Science

Pages 241-266

 

Session Twelve:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Book Three - Language and the Printed Word

Part Ten - The New Uniformity

Pages 267-290

 

Session Thirteen:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Eleven - Culture Without a Capital

Pages 291-316

 

Session Fourteen:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Part Twelve - A Conservative Press

Pages 317-340

 

Session Fifteen:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Book Four - Warfare and Diplomacy

Part Thirteen - A Nation of Minute Men

Pages 341-372

 

Session Sixteen:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Stamped from the Beginning

Part Two - Thomas Jefferson

7. Enlightenment

8. Black Exhibits

9. Created Equal

Pages 79-119 and The Declaration of Independence

Fall 2021 and Winter 2021/2021 American History Intensive Sections

Section Two

The American Revolution to the Civil War

1) The Americans: The National Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

2) Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

3) Articles of Confederation

4) Federalist Papers

5) Anti-Federalist Papers

6) Constitution of the U.S.

7) Speeches of Lincoln

8) Supreme Court Cases

 

Section Three

Reconstruction to the 1970s

1) The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

2) Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

3) Supreme Court Cases

4) Speeches from King

5) Proposed Equal Rights Amendment

6) Essays on 20th Century American politics

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