Vermont Humanities
State Curator David Schutz in front of State House

Vermont’s Temples of Democracy: A Tour with State Curator David Schutz

In an exclusive video tour, Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores the architectural symbolism of our beautifully-restored capitol building, and visits a rural town hall, another Vermont civic structure that enables us to govern ourselves.

State House knitting project with balls of yarn

Democracy Knitting Circle with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Knit Democracy Together is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. At a time when people are losing confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy.

Four members of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association

Democracy, Social Change, and Representation in N’dakinna (Our Homeland)

Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in N’dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), this panel of Abenaki voices considers the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change.

Two women with National Suffrage Association banner

Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual?

The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country’s soul.

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How the Great Migration Changed American History

Video: The failures of Reconstruction, increasing levels of lynching and racial violence, and the economic stagnation of sharecropping encouraged many black southerners to seek steady factory work in northern cities like New York and Chicago.

Group of peddlers in desert

Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World

Video: As immigrants, Jewish men from the middle of the nineteenth century into the twentieth sought to make a living and establish new homes in America by means of an old and familiar Jewish occupation. By doing so they learned much about America and Americans learned about them.

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The American Pendulum and the Renewal of American Democracy

Video: Heather Cox Richardson explores how the economic and political crises of the 1850s, 1890s, and 1920s each created a backlash that inspired Americans to reclaim government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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How the Gilded Age Created the Progressive Era

Video: The voices of the Progressive Era, including Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Theodore Roosevelt, and Zitkála-Šá, didn’t come from nowhere. Heather Cox Richardson explains how they articulated a vision for America that had its roots in the runaway capitalism of the Gilded Age.

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Is the Economic Past Prologue: Will the Industrial Revolution’s Economic Growth Continue?

Video: For 97% of recorded history, the world economy remained in a largely stationary state—until the Industrial Revolution, which brought significant economic growth. Is that growth sustainable?

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The Pace of Innovation and Other Drags on Future Economic Growth

Video: The debate about future U.S. economic growth has been framed as a conflict between techno-optimists and techno-pessimists. But there are other powerful forces in addition to the pace of innovation that are pushing downward on economic growth.