It was another busy day at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute‘s “Colonial Era” teacher seminar at Princeton University. We covered a lot of ground yesterday and traveled through three different regions of British colonial America:
- We started the day discussing women and dissent in colonial New England. We talked about Anne Hutchinson and the “Good Wives” made famous by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
- We had a great day in Philadelphia on Wednesday. On Thursday we discussed Philadelphia in the larger context of the Middle Colonies with a specific focus on Pennsylvania as a Quaker and liberal colony.
- After lunch we discussed the emergence of slave culture in the rice fields of colonial South Carolina.
We ended the day in the Firestone Library’s Rare Books Department where curator Eric White showed the teachers a host of first editions from the 17th and 18th centuries. We got to see a copy of John Eliot’s Algonquian Bible and works by William Penn, Cotton Mather, John Locke, George Whitefield, Phillis Wheatley, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Stern, Addison and Steele, and others. It is always fun to watch the teachers’ eyes light-up as they are exposed to these books.
One more day left!