The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1800
This Institute is both a colloquium and a hands-on workshop that will explore how media was used during the Age of the American Revolution, a critical era of change in the American news milieu, in media use, business, politics, and community life. We will examine how news—in all its various forms—was connected to civic engagement and how media fit into the public and private lives of the American people. The academic fields that inform the Institute include the history of Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Early Republic, and the history of journalism, readers, and reading. The colonial period and the era of the American Revolution are part of every K-12 curriculum, and this Institute will provide participants with a unique and relevant way to approach that material. With many states increasing their emphasis on civics and media literacy, studying the founding of the country through the lens of news media will help teachers help their students to see their own media lives in historical perspective. This Summer Institute for 25 participants is primarily designed for school teachers of grades 5–12.