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American Studies

Historical Journey

Students in the American Studies course “Four American Lives: Lincoln, Whitman, Douglas, Homer”  took a road trip to Washington, D.C. - and to the Civil War era.
After studying the final days of Lincoln’s life and the life of Frederick Douglass as a slave at the Wye House on previous trips, this trip was focused on Frederick Douglass in his later years and Winslow Homer. Students were lucky enough to be joined by Dr. Peter Wood, author of Near Andersonville and Winslow Homer historian, as well as Dr. Eleanor Harvey, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Students visited the Frederick Douglass house on the outskirts of Washington D.C and then visited the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.