The Making of America: Colonial Era to Reconstruction





July 11-17, 2021 (1 week)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




This institute will explore the people, ideas, and events that shaped America from the colonial era through Reconstruction. Each day will focus on key primary sources and the latest historical interpretations of major historical events and periods, including the American Revolution, Jacksonian America, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. This “long” view of early American history will highlight changing (and contesting) definitions of America by a fascinating and diverse range of people. The goal throughout will be to provide teachers with a wealth of knowledge and resources to apply creatively in the classroom.

Project Director(s)

Denver Alexander Brunsman

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Denver Brunsman; Lindsay Chervinsky; Mary Huffman; Brian Luskey; David Silverman; Kidada Williams

Grantee Institution

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Funded through the Division of Education Programs