Teaching Guides

Independence Hall in American Memory tells the story of a building, a city, and the nation from the 1720s to the 1990s. For students and other readers of U.S. history, urban history, and American studies, the book offers a focused and provocative engagement with issues of liberty, citizenship, national identity, urban development, and the presentation of the past. For public history students and professionals, Independence Hall in American Memory offers an in-depth cultural history of the landmark most associated with the nation’s founding and a thought-provoking alternative to conventional methods of preserving and interpreting historic places.

The following guides developed specially for this website are intended for college courses (undergraduate and graduate) and public history professional development, but many of the teaching strategies are adaptable for grades 8-12.


Additional resources for teachers:

Above: Assembly Room, first floor of Independence Hall. (Independence National Historical Park)

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