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The American Revolution in New Jersey: Exploring Civilian Perspectives

from The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

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This program explores the impact of the American Revolution on New Jersey civilians through the perspectives of groups such as Tories, enslaved people, iron workers and farmers. Enhanced by METC’s collection of 18th century artifacts, this program offers participants the opportunity to consider this conflict from a variety of non-military angles. A creative writing exercise completes the program.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00

For an additional per-student fee, this program can include ink and a quill pen to complete the writing activity. Please indicate interest in this optional craft add-on at time of booking for more information.


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with an overview of the American Revolution, focusing on New Jersey
2. Participants explore the impact of the war on a variety of civilian groups, using the Museum's collection
3. Participants then start a creative writing exercise, imagining themselves as a civilian during the American Revolution
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Understand different perspectives on the American Revolution
2. Examine the choices New Jersey civilians made during the American Revolution
3. Use objects to help understand the story of the American Revolution

Standards Alignment

National Standards

C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

D2.His.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.
D2.His.4.6-8. Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.5.HistoryCC.2: Use a variety of sources to illustrate how the American identity has evolved over time.
6.1.8.HistoryUP.3.b: Examine the roles and perspectives of various socioeconomic groups (e.g., rural farmers, urban craftsmen, northern merchants, and southern planters), African Americans, Native Americans, and women during the American Revolution, and determine how these groups were impacted by the war.