Writing and Democracy in Western New York: Situating Tocqueville, Stanton, Cooper, and Douglass


Ithaca, NY



June 16, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (2 weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience

This seminar for college teachers will consider key literary texts produced in western New York State during the 19th century, situating them in terms of political crises that involved the entire United States. Together we will read works by Alexis de Tocqueville, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, James Fenimore Cooper, and Frederick Douglass, as well as Harriet Jacobs and Albion Tourgée. We will also visit relevant sites such as Seneca Falls and the Harriet Tubman house in Auburn, New York.

Project Director(s)

Shirley Samuels; Sandra Gustafson

Visiting Faculty

Jason Frank; Alyssa Mt. Pleasant

Grantee Institution

Cornell University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs