A Student of History

February 3, 2007

Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 12:06 am

A National Endowment for the Humanities
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Workshop at Converse College
July 8-13 and July 15-20, 2007

This one-week workshop, offered twice, provides teachers with fresh perspectives on the complex dynamics of the American Revolution in the Southern backcountry, a place where long-standing hostilities between American settlers erupted into a full-scale civil war between Loyalists and Patriots. Our program will make use of the rich historical resources in upstate South Carolina. First, we will visit the living history museum at Historic Brattonsville in order to better understand day-to-day life in the backcountry at the time of the revolution. Then we will tour the battlefields at Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and Ninety-Six to learn more about the nature of backcountry warfare. We will also explore the ways that art, archaeological evidence, and material culture can help increase student engagement with the subject matter. We will examine the war’s impact on the region’s white women and on its free and enslaved African Americans. A veteran history teacher will serve as master teacher for the workshop, advising participants on ways they can use the content and resources they gain at our workshop in their own classrooms.

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