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The Voices of History 2015-2016

“The instructor provides creative activities in each class: slavery debates for 1776, radio shows for WWII, political ads for Fiorello!... She has the students work in groups, which helps create friendships amongst the diverse group of homeschoolers. By pushing the students to research and write, she is really preparing my now 15 year old son for college!”

Using letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, and autobiographical accounts from the New York Historical Society’s exhibitions and collections, students will experience history thought eh words and actions of the statesmen, rebels, mothers, and explorers who shaped the United States. Each five-week course will examine the lives, influence, and perspective of two individuals, from a shared moment in our nation’s history. Students will engage with primary documents to discover how each individual lent a unique and compelling voice to our nation’s development and growth.


Voices of History
Ages 14 – 17
Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm
$150 per series, $675 if you book all five.*

The course will require writing assignments and includes instruction in research paper writing. Students will also complete a culminating research project. To apply students must submit a writing sample.

Series 1: Industrialization & Immigration
10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Jacob Riis may be a name few are familiar with, but Facebook and Frontline echo the genre of photography he introduced. A Danish immigrant, Riis recorded the plight of immigrants in his photographs and awakened an entire middle class to the injustices brought on by the Industrial Age. Emily Roebling may not be a household name either, but the Brooklyn Bridge stands as her enduring legacy to the cityscape of New York, an emblem of American ingenuity and the rise of women in American life. 

Series 2: America and the World Stage
11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Cultivating a social conscience may now be a quality of every responsible American citizen, but without the tireless efforts of Theodore Roosevelt to curb the power of the monopolies and trusts and Ida B. Wells’ tenacious fight against racist violence, modern America may never have become a country capable of fulfilling the promise of the Declaration of Independence to give every American the chance for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Series 3: The Great Depression
1/8, 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

National politics at the turn of the 20th century had made it an understood fact that Americans should concern themselves with the wellbeing of every citizen, and Herbert Hoover had boldly promised a chicken in every pot, but the Great Depression left no American untouched.  The great question of the day became how the needs of the citizens ought to be addressed given the great scope of the suffering. Some favored aggressive federal intervention; others did not. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Al Smith, two Democrats, had two very different visions of the future of American government. The President, along with the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, identified with the severe sufferings of the American people and offered them hope and government action

Series 4: World War II and the Modern Era
2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/8

To defeat the Axis powers every American engaged in the war effort at home or abroad. Extraordinary men and women often shape history, and their names live on for generations to come. By contrast, ordinary men and women fought in World War II fulfilling their duties day in and day out to extraordinary ends, and we hardly remember their names.  The American GI sacrificed safety and solace to protect our freedoms, and the WAVES mobilized American women for the war effort. They made crucial and lasting contributions on the home front and in mission. 

Series 5: Civil Rights for African Americans
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

The fight for Civil Rights for African Americans transpired at the highest levels of government and gained urgency and momentum by the actions of common Americans at the grassroots. Thurgood Marshall fought for judicial justice before the Supreme Court winning landmark cases overturning the separate but equal verdict of Plessy v. Ferguson from 1896. The Freedom Riders fought for the basic right to move freely from state to state, white and black together and demanded in the bus stations of America’s cities the equal rights due to all Americans.


If you have any questions about Homeschool Academy, please e-mail us at or call (212) 873-3400 ext. 505.

*Note: To guarantee your child’s spot in a class, tuition must be paid in full prior to the first session. To receive the discount for booking all five series, complete payment must be submitted before Series 1. Space is limited, so book now!

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