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Nathan Alford-Tate portrays James Forten in a first-person theatrical performance at the Museum.

What was it like to grow up during the Revolution? Join Museum educators for this free online teacher workshop as we discover the story of young revolutionary James Forten and how he — and other children and teens — experienced this turbulent time. Together we’ll discuss Forten’s life as he grew up in the heart of Revolutionary Philadelphia and examine how the Revolution helped shape him in his formative years while also considering how his experiences were similar to and different from those of other young people. Walk away from this workshop with ideas for how Forten’s story can help students imagine life in the Revolution. 

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Dr. Philip Mead leads a class of teachers at the Season Of Independence Summer Teacher Institute.

Professional Development Workshops

Join fellow teachers for interactive workshops, engaging discussions, and content-rich presentations exploring the American Revolution in both historical and contemporary contexts.
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For Students & Educators

Engage your students with the dramatic story of America's Founding with our in-person, in-class, homeschool, and virtual learning resources.
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A Gentleman of Color by Julie Winch

A Gentleman of Color

Read an excerpt from Julie Winch's biography of free Black Philadelphian James Forten, who would grow to become a prominent businessman, abolitionist and a celebrated Revolutionary.
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