Emancipation and Evolving American Identity


Richmond, VA



July 5 - July 18, 2020 Length: 2 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience



804-649-1861, ext. 122


The American Civil War Museum’s (ACWM) new two-week Summer Institute Emancipation and Evolving American Identity will bring three dozen K-12 teachers to a deeper understanding of the history of emancipation and its impact on Americans past and present. Civil War-era scholars will contextualize the policy and process of emancipation through lectures, discussions, and visits to historic sites. Additionally, public history professionals and experienced K-12 educators will provide primary sources and model best practices for teaching an often complex, sensitive, and misunderstood topic.

Project Director(s)

Stephanie Arduini, Kristin Gallas, Nicole Moore

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Edward Ayers, Catherine Clinton, Barbara Gannon, Hilary Green, Erin Hollaway Palmer, Caroline Janney, Martha Jones, Kevin Levin, Chandra Manning, Kelly Mezurek, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Brian Palmer, Bernard Powers, Elizabeth Regosin, Jonathan White

Grantee Institution

American Civil War Museum