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2007 Congressional Academy Award
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Grantee Name: Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
Project Name: Telling America's Story: Three Documents, Three Cities, Three Eras
Project Director: Peter W. Schramm (419) 289-5411
Funding: $698,598
Number of Teachers Served:None
Number of School Districts Served:100 each year
Number of Students Served:100 each year

The Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University will conduct a three-year Congressional Academy for Students American History and Civics to lead high school students in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history. The study will be framed around three documents that raise the most significant issues of self-government in our constitutional democracy: the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the “I Have a Dream” speech. Participating students will spend two weeks in Washington, DC and takes two day trips—one to Philadelphia and the other one to Gettysburg to study the American Revolution and Founding, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement. The program will expose participants to the ideas and arguments that shaped these three great American epochs, the documents that make up our history, and the places where the history was made. One hundred students, a boy and girl from every state, will be selected each year.

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