By examining early New Haven history as a subset of the American Revolution and Colonial period, students will make a more personal connection to this period in American history. Students will examine the cultural values which came into contrast at this time and helped to shape the local economy and society. Students will be able to compare their understanding of early New Haven to the greater society as a whole at this time. They will be able to apply prior knowledge of Puritan social mores as well as the emerging political philosophies of the day to the shaping of early New Haven.
In addition, students will be able to develop a closer identity to their past as they compare and contrast present day New Haven with its respective past. As the diversity which shaped early New Haven is revealed and understood, students will identify the different cultures at play in shaping early New Haven. They will see how this diversity eventually attracted more and more cultures to New Haven at different times in history and how these groups continue to shape our City's future as we pay tribute to and study our past.