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Chicago Historical Society (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
Lisa Oppenheim (Project Director: February 2016 to October 2016)
Rachel Allmen (Project Director: October 2016 to present)

Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877-1920

A four-week institute for thirty school teachers to explore the history of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.

The Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC), in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)and Loyola University Chicago (LUC), proposes a Summer Institute entitled "Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877-1920." From June 25 to July 21, 2017, thirty school teachers will deepen their knowledge and understanding of this crucial period in the US through readings, discussions, lectures, inquiries into primary sources, and explorations of historical and cultural sites in Chicago. The institute responds to the NEH initiative, "The Common Good" by creating an intellectual space for teachers to contemplate and debate how diverse individuals and groups with radically different perspectives defined, reformed and contributed to a vision of American democracy, opportunity, and culture. The civic discourse and actions then resonate in our world today.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

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Total amounts:
$207,405 (approved)
$207,405 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017