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This NEH Summer Institute, “African-American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah & The Coastal Islands,” has been designed to address broad themes of race and slavery in American history covered in a U.S. History survey course by focusing on site-specific experiences of communities in and around Savannah from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Through course readings, scholarly lectures, site visits, community presentations, guided tours, and research in primary source documents from the Georgia Historical Society collection we will examine the centrality of place in the African-American experience in Georgia’s Lowcountry and the larger Atlantic world. This Summer Institute’s content is intended to help facilitate classroom discussion of general topics such as American slavery, early American and nineteenth-century economies, art, and music as well as more site-specific subjects such as the impact of geography, environment, time, and place on the development of community values and cultures.

Participants in the 2010 workshops—who came to Savannah from every corner of the nation—provided overwhelmingly positive feedback. Savannah Morning News article about the program.

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NEH Summer Institute 2009- 2013