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Revolutionary Freedoms: The Free Press and the Founding of Our Nation

Educators explore the role of the press in shaping the politics of colonial and revolutionary America, then gain strategies for teaching with primary sources.

You think today’s media is partisan and mean-spirited? This professional development workshop travels back to the days before the First Amendment became law to explore the role – and rancor – of the colonial press leading up to, during and immediately following the Revolutionary War. Participants look at early American history from a new angle, examining early conceptions of freedom of press and historic newspapers from the revolutionary era. Participants will leave with strategies and resources for incorporating historic newspapers and the First Amendment into their classroom lessons. 

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You think today’s news media are partisan and mean-spirited? This workshop travels back to the days before the First Amendment became law to explore the role – and rancor – of the colonial press leading up to, during and immediately following the Revolutionary War. Participants look at early American history from a new angle, examining early conceptions of freedom of press and historic newspapers from the revolutionary era. Participants will leave with strategies and resources for incorporating historic newspapers and the First Amendment into their classroom lessons.

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How to register and enroll

For more details on options, customizations and pricing, or to book a workshop, please call the Education reservation line at 202/292-6650 or write to educationprograms@newseum.org. Workshops must be requested at least one week in advance. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled workshop time.

Cancellation policy:

If you need to reschedule or cancel your workshop, please contact the Education Department at 202/292-6650 OR write to educationprograms@newseum.org before the date of your scheduled visit. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no shows or unused tickets.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    American Revolution
    Constitution
    Journalism
  • Theme:
    Civics and Citizenship
  • Level:
    Educators
  • Cost:
    Call for pricing
  • Duration:
    90 minutes - options for longer programs are available
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Capacity:
    max 36 participants in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grade:
    Professional Development
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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