The Ashbrook Center offers two distinct Academies during the same week. One Academy, entitled “Telling America’s Story” is a good starting place for most students. The second Academy, “Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War,” will focus in on that specific era in American history and is intended for more advanced students or students who have previously participated in “Telling America’s Story.” The syllabi for each Academy are posted below:
The Ashbrook Academy in American History is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history and politics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study. We welcome your participation.
The Academy meets for seven days (June 14-20, 2020) immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic. We hold two separate academies simultaneously – one that surveys the most important questions that have faced our nation from its founding to the civil rights era and a second that provides a more focused study on the Civil War era for more advanced students. This summer’s academies will be held using an online format as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Ashbrook Academy takes history out of textbooks and into your life. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.