11th Grade

History/Humanities

Juniors at Moses Brown take a year-long United States history course focused on the expansion of democracy and the interplay between the national government and individual Americans. How did democracy expand in the U.S., and why, and who were the primary actors who made this happen?  How have race, gender, and class affected the political development of the United States?  Students use the U.S. Constitution as a living guide as they wrestle with these issues.

Students examine the cause-and-effect relationships in multiple-causation scenarios, the decisions made by key historical figures, and challenge arguments of historical inevitability.  They identify and describe patterns of continuity and change, and evaluate major debates among historians.

During the course of the year, they study colonial relationships with Native Americans, the slave trade, westward expansion, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, the New Deal and WWII, and the Civil Rights movement.

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Students conduct extensive research and write formally-structured analytical essays that illustrate cause-and-effect relationships, making clear arguments with well-documented evidence.  They use context to shine light on the nuances of important historical events, and identify and describe patterns of continuity and change.  Ultimately, they come to understand the modern world and the forces that shaped it.

Faculty

Beth Lantz

Director of Student Life

About

Beth Lantz

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
Simmons College – M.A.
Framingham State University – M.Ed.

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

About

Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Elena Mansolillo

Upper School Humanities

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Elena Mansolillo

Providence College – B.A.
Providence College – M.A.
Southern New England School of Law – J.D.

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Upper School Humanities and Upper School Humanities Department Chair

About

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Yale University – B.A.

Kelena Reid

Upper School History and Psychology

About

Kelena Reid

Wesleyan University – B.A.
Harvard Divinity School – M.T.S.
Rutgers University – Ph.D.

Jennifer Stewart

Upper School Humanities and Senior Dean

About

Jennifer Stewart

University of Chicago – B.A.
University of Chicago – M.A.

Kelly Joseph

Upper School Humanities

About

Kelly Joseph

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
New York University – M.A.

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