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Is it possible that historians have discovered new information about America's past?

Trinity professor Russ Reeves will find out this summer when he takes part in "Political History of the Early Republic: New Challenges, Old Strengths," a weeklong seminar at Columbia University in New York City. For five days, visiting professors will examine the years immediately following the American Revolution through the administrations of the first five U.S. presidents. Dr. Joyce Appleby, professor of history emerita at the University of California-Los Angeles, will lead the conference.

"I have a chance to study with a very highly regarded historian," said Reeves, who teaches history. "One of her most recent books (Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans) altered the way many historians interpret early American history, and I hope to engage her on that topic."

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, who are sponsoring the session June 22-27, invited 25 professors from across the country to participate. The seminar will be doubly helpful for Reeves as he continues pursuing his doctorate in history from the University of Iowa.

"This seminar has a bearing both on the American history courses I teach and my dissertation," he said. "I plan to use several of Dr. Appleby's works in my classes, and I also intend to discuss specific details about that era with other members of the seminar. It will be a tremendous asset to my studies."

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