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Write an essay for a chance to win $1000!

As an affiliate school of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, you are qualified to participate in an essay contest.

The Age of Revolution Essay Contest encourages high school students to examine the transformations in social and political ideas and movements from the late 1600s to the early 1800s.

Develop an original essay based on a primary source document in the Sid Lapidus ’59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution at Princeton University. Detailed information about the contest is provided in the 2015–2016 Age of Revolution Guidelines packet.


  • $1,000 to each of the top ten students and $500 to each winner’s school
  • One Slavery and Abolition History in a Box to each winner’s school


  • The 2015–2016 Age of Revolution Essay Contest is open to high school students (grades 9–12) in Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools. (AST has been an Affiliate School since 2012!)
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 11, 2016.
  • Detailed information, contest forms, a scoring rubric, and other important details on submissions can be found in the 2015–2016 Age of Revolution Guidelines packet (PDF).

Invitation to Lecture at UNE

UNE lecture

An interesting article from the New York Times

Unit Test on Wednesday


Be sure to review your notes on Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart, The Wasteland and The Second Coming. What connections do these works have with each other?



Here’s a link to an interesting site which features annotated digital texts online. Take a look at Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as it is presented here and think about the possibilities we could apply to future texts covered in our class.


Reminder – Presentation due


Don’t forget that your presentations on Heart of Darkness are due Wednesday, September 25. Be sure to have everything prepared IN ADVANCE. There is a strict 15-minute limit for each group, which includes your presentation and time for Q & A.  All groups must present on this day; no exceptions. Here’s the rubric, in case you misplaced the one given to you in class:

Reading Group Project Rubric