September 8, 2013

My name is Jen Gargan.  I am a senior this year and participating in the AAS 350 seminar.  I am a history major with a concentration in elementary education.  I transferred to Assumption at the start of my sophomore year and that is when I changed my major from environmental science to history.  I had [...]

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Paper Topic Chosen!

November 18, 2012

The major component of the AAS American Studies Seminar is a research paper. Throughout the semester we have been learning about a variety of topics and I am glad to say that this past week I have finalized my paper topic and have begun doing research. For my paper I am going to analyze our [...]

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October 25, 2012

It’s been a few weeks into the 2012 American Antiquarian Society Seminar, and as we delve into the actual collection of texts on “Reason, Revival, and Revolution”, a simple question has lead to a continually developing answer. Early in the semester, the question of why some texts contain two different styles of the letter “s” [...]

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Sectarian Movements

October 23, 2012

This week our readings were on the sectarian movements of the Great Awakening. I find it very interesting to read about such radical religous movements, especially when this is my first experience with such movements. Our readings are on the Shakers, Deists and Methodists. The Deists, for example, emphasize the use of human reason in [...]

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Jonathan Edwards and Others

October 3, 2012

This semester I am fortunate enough to participate in the American Antiquarian Society Seminar! So far we have covered vast and interesting topics such as the role of religion in the Revolution, the Reformation, and are currently in the midst of discussing The Great Awakening. This past week, learning about the different revivals and reactions American [...]

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The AAS Seminar in 2012

October 3, 2012

Reason, Revival and Revolution: Religion in America, 1726-1792 is the topic for the American Antiquarian Seminar this fall. The course is taught by Professor Marini, a visiting Professor from Wellesley College. The course includes students from Holy Cross, Assumption, WPI and Clark. We read various articles and books that pertain to the topic of the [...]

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Reflecting on the Experience

December 29, 2011

It has been a couple of weeks since the American Studies Seminar has finished.  The class ended with two weeks of presentations.  Everyone detailed their research and presented their arguments to their peers; the seminar leader, Hannah Carlson; some of the staff of the AAS; and other teachers from the area colleges.  Everyone was genuinely [...]

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Final Draft and Paper Presentations

December 9, 2011

Right now I am sitting in the AAS library working on the final draft of my paper. It is actually going very smoothly thanks to the wonderful, constructive comments of our professor, Hannah Carlson. As I work on my paper I am waiting for some of the images I address in my paper to be scanned so that [...]

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Putting it All Together

November 21, 2011

A rough draft of our papers is due Wednesday, so its time to put everything together. Rereading all the articles I’ve gathered and working them into the paper renews my appreciation for the Lowell factory girls.  It seems a number of people, some unidentified, others quite famous, like Charles Dickens, visited Lowell around the 1840s and the [...]

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The Joy of Research

November 14, 2011

For most people, incessant babbling about trivia is the bane of their existence. However, I’m the kind of person who thinks facts about things are interesting and cool and I will ALWAYS look up facts about things just for the fun of it. Because of this strange character trait, researching the art and customs of mourning [...]

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