The course explores Boston from the 1600’s to the present day. Learn about the Massachusett Indians who lived on the land we now know as Boston before the Puritans arrived. Discover how these settlers created a system of self government so strong that Boston became the most democratic community on the planet and the birthplace of the Revolutionary War. Trace the city’s role in the American anti-slavery movement and the Civil War.
Understand how Boston remains revolutionary to this day, redefining education, the arts and medicine by creating some of the best museums, orchestras, hospitals and schools in the world.
The course includes a virtual tour of Boston, featuring many of the city’s best known landmarks and sites like the Freedom Trail, USS Constitution, State House, Harbor Islands, Waterworks Museum, Lowell Mills, Old North Church, Kings Chapel, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, the Esplanade, African Meeting House and more. It also features interviews with many of Boston’s most fascinating activists, artists, scholars and politicians that provide perspective on Boston’s influence on culture and politics.
Discussion boards, videos, a scavenger hunt, games and other social media tools will help students around the world fully engage in the learning process. Students are encouraged to contribute stories, artifacts and other elements to the learning environment. The History of Boston is a course for anyone who wants to learn more about one of the most beautiful and influential cities on earth.
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Upon completion of this course, you will:
- Know the historical roots of Boston and their contemporary cultural significance.
- Understand the roles that individuals play in the creation of history.
- Understand the interdisciplinary nature of studying history, including the relationship between history and literature, politics, art, and economics.
- Understand the factors that contribute to historical longevity.
- Know how ethnic, social, and class-based differences shaped Boston’s development.
- Know the historical and contemporary geographic and physical contours of Boston.