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About the Program

This Presidential Academy led teachers in a careful study of three turning points in American history: The American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our study was be framed by the three famous documents that memorialize these American epochs: the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the "I Have a Dream" speech. Participants spent five days in Philadelphia, six days in Gettysburg, and six days in Washington, DC.

The professors who conducted the Academy are among the finest scholars of American history and government from across the country. They included a Pulitzer Prize winning author and many recipients of teaching awards at their respective colleges and universities.



The 2011 Presidential Academy was held Sunday, July 10, 2011 through Thursday, July 28, 2011 in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Washington, DC.

This site is an archive for the Presidential Academies which ran from 2006-2011. No future academies are planned at this time.

Ashbrook CenterThis Academy was admini-
stered by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University as a result of a 2005 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University
David Hackett Fischer, Brandeis University
Gordon Lloyd, Pepperdine University
Allen Guelzo, Gettysburg College
Gary Gallagher, University of Virginia
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University
Juan Williams, Fox News

Documents & Texts

This Presidential Academy for American History and Civics led secondary school teachers in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history memorialized by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the "I Have a Dream" speech. more