October 9, 2021, 8:45 AM CT - 12:30 PM CT | Hosted by: Wisconsin Council of Social Studies *Held Online
This three-session seminar utilizes primary source documents to examine the political principles of the American Revolution. We will pay close attention to the colonists’ arguments for resisting several Parliamentary acts after the French and Indian War, including (among others) the Stamp Act, the Declaratory Act, and the Coercive Acts. Particular emphasis will be paid to notions of political and natural rights, popular sovereignty, modes of representation, consent, and the right of revolution. We will try to understand the colonists’ eventual arguments for independence as well as their notions about the fundamental ends, or purposes, of the American Revolution.
This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance at the end of the seminar.