Freedom, Independence and Liberty: The Unfinished Business of the American Revolution with Civil War expert Jeffrey Miller August 30 through September 4, 2020
The unfinished business of the American Revolution would continue to haunt the nascent nation as it moved toward the Civil War. In reality, the Civil War was not merely civil—meaning national—and not merely a war, but instead an international conflict of ideas as well as armies. Its implications transformed the U.S. Constitution and reshaped a world order, as political and economic systems grounded in slavery clashed with the democratic process of republican forms of government.
Beginning and ending in Washington, our tour will "march" north with General Lee's Miserables, first to Antietam (the bloodiest single-day battle in American history), then to Harper’s Ferry and, finally, to Gettysburg, where Lee lost a third of his army, and where, four months later, Abraham Lincoln offered the benediction he thought Americans would "little note nor long remember." Members will be transported through the time and places that changed American History forever. This six-day journey is more than a “battlefield tour.” Each site is contextualized by leading experts. Outstanding accommodations, private events such as a private dinner and evening in the Gettysburg Museum, all meals, transportation by private motorcoach, entrances, guides and gratuities are included.
Barbados: George Washington, The American Colonies & The British Empire in the Caribbean With Dr. Michael Jarvis and Sir Henry Fraser February 8 - 13, 2021
Barbadian Planters were some of the richest men in the Colonies and the Americas. The planters of Barbados completely dominated the Caribbean Society, exceeding the role of gentry in England. On this journey, we will have a rare opportunity to visit the exquisite Great Houses and estates of the island’s wealthiest planters as we delve into the 17th and 18th century’s military complex, the role of sugar that dominated economies in Europe, and the fascinating lives of the forefathers of many of the founding families, governors, and leaders of the American Colonies.
In addition to examining the profound influence this Colonial powerhouse had on America’s first President, George Washington, we will have an insider’s view of the magnificent homes and gardens such as St. Nicholas Abbey, Colleton Great House, Halton House, and the Cockade House, designed by famed artist and London theater designer, Oliver Messel, whose work, characterized by romance, whimsy and charm, has a dedicated following that ensures its preservation, most significantly in the incredible homes he created in the West Indies. Of course we will be balancing our private sightseeing with time to relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean waters. Dr. Michael Jarvis, Associate Professor at Rochester University and preeminent scholar on the connections between the Caribbean and developing early Colonies, and Sir Henry Fraser, President Emeritus of the Barbados National Trust as well as a Barbadian doctor, academic, architectural historian, public orator, will both provide deep, insightful perspectives on Barbados’ past. We will immerse ourselves in one of the greatest stories of the 17th century, how this Caribbean paradise during colonial period became a powerhouse in the economics and politics of the world and the ramifications of the sugar plantations system that reverberates in our society today.
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