Summer PD Opportunity

Under-represented Voices of the American Revolution
July 11-12, 2022


The July 11-12 sessions are brought to you by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies and these are free! To register, scroll down below and fill out the registration form.

This workshop now complements The Conrad E. Wright Conference series endowed by The Honorable Levin H. Campbell in honor of Conrad Edick Wright, former Director of Research and Sibley Editor at Massachusetts Historical Society (1154 Boylston Street), which offers additional (optional) teacher PD workshops on Thursday (July 14), Friday (July 15), and Saturday (July 16), which requires a separate registration through the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Essential Question: How did the lived experiences affect perspectives of liberty, equality, and democracy among under-represented groups in the years leading up to the American Revolution?

General premise: The varying lived experiences of under-represented groups have shaped unique perspectives on enlightened thoughts of liberty, government, and democracy. Colonial experiences of British colonists obviously differ from Indigenous peoples and enslaved and free Africans.

Teachers will earn 30 PDPs for attending both days (July 11 & 12) and submitting a lesson activity unit.


  • Watch at least two (asynchronous) video sessions discussing lived experiences and perspectives of under-represented groups (enslaved and free Africans and African Americans, Native Americans, women and children) who lived in colonial America on the eve of, during, and immediately after the American Revolution.
    • Professor Robert J. Allison on “We the People”
    • Kenneth C. Davis on who writes history
    • Ray Raphael, A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths
    • Holly Brewer on women and children of the American Revolution
    • Chernoh Sesay, Jr. on free and enslaved Africans in the American Revolution
    • Bethany Jay on free and enslaved Africans
    • Charles L. Newhall on Native American tribes
    • Mishy Lesser (Upstander Project) on Native Americans during the American Revolution and scalp proclamations

Day 1: July 11, 2022 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) – Downtown Boston

  • Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Professor Robert J. Allison
  • Old State House, downtown Boston with Revolutionary Spaces
  • Quincy Market (lunch on your own)
  • Old South Meeting House, downtown Boston with Revolutionary Spaces

Day 2: July 12, 2022 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) – Medford & Boston

  • Royall House and Slave Quarters, Medford, Massachusetts
  • Lunch on your own
  • Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston (Beacon Hill) with L’Merchie Frazier