Atlantic history has broadened and internationalized our historical perspectives of early modern era. Through the lens of the Atlantic Ocean system, world history and early American history from the Columbian encounter into the spread of ideologies in the 18th and early 19th century appear more interconnected. Incorporating this perspective into our teaching will enhance the richness of the narratives and draw in more voices.
This conference is designed to engage undergraduate, secondary, and middle school teachers of history in conversations centered on current scholarship from the Atlantic perspective. Appropriate for world history and American history faculty, the day begins with a keynote by a top scholar in the field, Joyce Chaplin, whose work on Benjamin Franklin and recent work on circumnavigation are models of Atlanticism, and includes presentations by John Thornton, whose work on African history in the Atlantic era is groundbreaking, and Stephen Hornsby, a cultural geographer whose work refocuses the British colonies into a wider perspective. Breakout sessions will focus on Lafayette (Alan Hoffman), on Africa art (Anna Dempsey), and on pirates (Sean Perrone), as well as sessions presented by secondary classroom teachers (from Phillips Academy, Andover and Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School) that will lay bare how they are integrating an Atlantic history into their classes. Sessions will have handouts, including many primary source documents and teaching materials.
Join us for a day of thoughtful scholarship and conviviality in Salem.
Charles L. Newhall
St. John's Preparatory School
Teaching Atlantic History
Post Office Box 2056
Salem, MA 01970
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