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Boston and the American Revolution

3 Credits
Discover why Boston became the center of much patriot activity that moved England's American colonies toward revolution and independence. The American Revolution began in the Boston area and was fed by the fervor of its citizens. Many of the most sacred sites of early American history are found in or near this remarkable city. You will explore the ideas, events and people of the Boston area that provided direction for the new American nation. Topics to be explored include the main causes of the American Revolution, reasons for the American victory despite nearly impossible odds, how events were perceived from both American and British perspectives and the key roles played by the men and women of Boston. This course has travel and non-travel options. Assignments have been developed to align with Common Core State Standards for Literacy and Writing in History/Social Science.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.