Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Teaching America in the Civil War Era, 1829-77

Teaching America in the Civil War Era, 1829-77

Date : Sat., May 17, 2008 to Sun., May 18, 2008 Category : Butcher History Institute

Sponsored by FPRI’s Wachman Center
and the Clausen Center of World Business, Carthage College
and Adult Education, Carthage College


This year sees the publication of a wealth of important new literature on America in the 19th century, including History Institute co-chair Walter McDougall’s Throes of Democracy: America in the Civil War Era, 1829-77. This abundance of excellent new contributions to the scholarship on these important years is an exciting opportunity to revisit what we all think we know about America in the 19th century, and to rethink what our students need to know.

America in the Civil War Era Conference Summary by Trudy Kuehner



Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

05/17/2008 - 10:50 AM to 11:00 AM
Arthur I. Cyr

Clausen Distinguished Professor, Carthage College

Alan Luxenberg

Director - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Throes of Democracy: America in the Civil War Era, 1829-1877

05/17/2008 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Walter A. McDougall

Co-Chair - Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute

Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Related Article(s):

Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829 – 1877

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

05/17/2008 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Daniel Walker Howe

Professor of History Emeritus, UCLA

Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University

(Note: The title of Prof. Howe’s talk is taken from his new book, which just won a Pulitzer Prize!)

Related Article(s):

What Hath God Wrought

Teaching About Slavery

05/17/2008 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Michael Johnson

Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

Related Article(s):

Teaching about Slavery

The Technological Revolution

05/17/2008 - 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Maury Klein

Professor of History, University of Rhode Island

Related Article(s):

The Technological Revolution

Keynote Address: Honest Abe: Abraham Lincoln and the Moral Character

05/17/2008 - 7:30
Daniel Walker Howe

Keynote Speaker

Emeritus Professor of History, UCLA

Tom Noer


Valor Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Carthage College

Related Article(s):

Honest Abe: Abraham Lincoln and the Moral Character

Women in the Civil War

05/17/2008 - 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Jane E. Schultz

Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies and American Studies, Indiana University

Related Article(s):

Ten Common Myths about Women in the Civil War and How to Dispel Them

Teaching Military History: The Civil War as Case Study

05/17/2008 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Karl Walling

Professor of Strategy, Naval War College

Postwar Reconstruction

05/17/2008 - 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Academic Advisor to the President, James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation



Carthage College

2001 Alford Park Dr
WI Kenosha 53140

Registration links

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What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors, and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute. Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • free room and board;
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • stipends of $400 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend;
  • partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
  • subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.
  • a complimentary copy of Walter McDougall’s Throes of Democracy.
  • certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. For those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, the School of Professional Studies at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.