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Transatlantic World: Britain, America & the Caribbean 20 Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Complete 2011 Backpack Historian Experience
A cohort of ten AOTWS Teacher Scholars and ten United Kingdom Teacher Scholars traveled to Barbados during the week of February 20 - 26, 2010 to participate in the 2011 Backpack Historian Field experience. This field course was the culminating activity in the six month Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program focused on the transatlantic slave trade of the 18th century. Teachers worked through long-distance means to compare perspectives, to engage in independent research, and to share best practices.
Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Video (.MOV file - 1.1 GB)
America on the World Stage Teaching American History Grant in partnership with the National Archives presents The Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program(me)
Each day teachers explored significant spaces and places in the transatlantic slave trade from British, American, and Barbadian perspectives. The group was joined by two Historians-in-Residence - Dr. Jim Walvin from the University of York and Dr. Luis Martinez-Fernandez from the University of Central Florida. The themes, scholars, and sites that the teachers worked with included:
Day 1 Britain's Role in the Caribbean: Historic Bridgetown² with visits to St. Ann's Fort, Garrison District, the George Washington House, and the Barbados Museum & Historical Society
Day 2 Plantation Life and Slavery in the Caribbean with visits to
Barbados National Archives, St. Nicholas Abbey Sugar Plantation, Morgan
Lewis Windmill, and Holetown, St. James
Day 3 Independent Research Day, concluding with a joint faculty meeting
at the Codrington School in Hastings
Day 4 Unintended Consequences: Barbados Today with a welcome by Dr.
Brent Hardt, Chargé d'Affaires, U.S. Embassy Barbados
Day 5 - Project Presentations