Collections for the Classroom: Teaching the Veteran Experience of the Early Republic

Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Annual Fall Conference

November 6, 2020

Between eighty and ninety thousand soldiers served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Yet enlisted men did not receive general recognition for their service and sacrifice until the early nineteenth century, when prosperity coupled with romantic sentiment toward the Revolution fostered an appreciation for common soldiers of the Continental Army. This session explored this story and provided classroom applications using the digital collections of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati with a focus on the experiences of Connecticut veterans.



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