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It was another busy day yesterday at the Gilder-Lehrman Summer Seminar for teachers on the “colonial era.” The teachers heard lectures on women and dissent in Puritan New England, slave culture in 18th-century South Carolina, and the Enlightenment in America. (My voice is recovering after 4-hours of lecturing!)
The highlight of the day was our annual visit to the Firestone Library Rare Books Department. Curator Eric White pulled some classic early American texts for us to examine and even broke out one of the original July 4 Dunlap broadsides of the Declaration of Independence. In addition, we got a look at works by William Bradford Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, John Eliot, William Penn, John Locke, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Addison and Steele, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Samuel Smith, Thomas Paine, and Phillis Wheatley.
I love watching the teachers get excited about encountering these documents. Some of them were moved to tears.
One more day to go!