[act-ma] American History: Two New Classes in Cambridge

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Tue Apr 2 18:11:14 PDT 2013

...please forward.  The teacher, Rafael Pereira, gives a great oral
presentation from a distinctively leftist perspective.  He asked me to to
circulate in the hopes of getting enough students to register by the

Greg M.


Sounds interesting-AH.

The Cambridge Center of Adult Education has announced two new classes in
American history.  Greatly presented, from a fresh perspective, these
classes provide a rich context and content of two momentous periods in
American history.

Snapshots of New England, Abolitionism, and the American Civil War

Rafael Pereira

Considered by many as the cradle of American democracy, it is not surprising
that New England played a crucial role during the Civil War. Just like at
the time of the Independence Revolution, a number of significant events
transpired here first. For instance, the first Northern Black Battalion of
the Union Army was organized in Massachusetts. And Angelina Grimke, a woman
who addressed the Boston State Legislature on the issue of slavery, was also
a national first. Moreover, important historical figures closely associated
with the war resided (and made their names) here; among them were famous
abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, Frederick Douglas, and
Wendell Phillips, as well as Charles Sumner, the leader of the Radical
Republican in Congress. Our objective is to provide vignettes of these key
figures and moments and thereby to locate their microhistories in the
context of the larger national picture. Limited to 12.
Sec. 01: 9 Mondays, 6:15-7:45 pm. Begins Apr. 8, 42 Brattle St. | $181 

British Settlement and Ecological Transformations in New England During the
Colonial Era

Rafael Pereira


The Pilgrims initiated a process of conquest in Massachusetts that brought
about profound transformations in both the natural and the social worlds.
The foreign settlers not only gradually displaced the Native Americans, but
the new uses they made of the soil, of the forest, and even of the water
generated dramatic consequences some unintended for the landscape. Native
Americans had a conception of the collective ownership of land and organized
the relationship with the environment on the foundations of natural cycles,
as well as local and regional needs. Europeans, in contrast, favored private
property and fencing and organized their activities in accordance with the
demands of the worldwide mercantile economy. We will examine the ecological
and social dimensions of this clash of civilizations. Limited to 12.
Sec. 01: 9 Mondays, 8:00-9:30 pm. Begins Apr. 8, 42 Brattle St. | $181

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