History

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  • U.S. History 1 (for credit) – IN-PERSON FORMAT

    Students entering grades 10 - 12
    June 13 - July 1 (3 weeks) 
    8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    $1135   
     
    This half-credit, semester-equivalent offering fulfills the first half of Hawken’s US History graduation requirement. Mission statements, charters, treaties, and contracts are designed to create a sense of direction, a shared purpose for human action, and define relational expectations as well as articulate ideological beliefs. Ideals such as freedom, equality, liberty, fairness and justice often form the cornerstone of democratic institutions, but what happens when humanity fails to live up to those lofty ideals? In our course of study, we will examine founding documents, contracts, charters, treaties, and speeches that establish the ideological framework of the American democratic experiment. We will learn where in the cultural and political fabric these ideals were realized, and why, in many cases, Americans fell short in living up to these ideals. Through our course of study we will examine a variety of perspectives to gain a deep understanding of the impact upon individuals when Americans succeeded and failed in realizing these stated and written principles. For example, we will read portions of “The Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” as well as “Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.” These secondary sources, coupled with primary sources like The Mayflower Compact, The Great Treaty of 1722, The Constitution, Dartmouth College v. Woodward and many others, will form the basis for lively discussions, writing assignments, and collaborative projects. Students may take only U.S. History 1 or U.S. History 2 in the summer.
  • U.S. History 2 (for credit) – IN-PERSON FORMAT

    Students entering grades 10 - 12
    June 13 - July 1 (3 weeks) 
    8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    $1135   

    This half-credit, semester-equivalent offering fulfills the second half of Hawken’s US History graduation requirement. This course will begin with the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War and will move through the positive and negative consequences of the nation’s industrial revolution. Throughout the three weeks, we will examine racial discrimination and the struggle to realize more fully the nation’s creeds. We will also focus on America’s evolving foreign policy since 1877 and the various challenges to our national security. Students will gain a good understanding of the American character and the nation’s role on the world stage today. Essential skills will be built through the close study of primary and secondary source material. Close attention will also be paid to the development of formal writing. Students may take only U.S. History 1 or U.S. History 2 in the summer.