These classroom materials were produced in conjunction with DAR Chicago Chapter on American Women or Early American History, 2022.
About the Author
Rachel Banke, PhD, currently works as a Teaching Associate at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School (Uni High) in Urbana, Illinois, an innovative public school for talented and motivated students in the 8th-12th grades. Her experience includes teaching American, British, Atlantic, and world history classes at the secondary and university levels. She has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, University of Missouri-Columbia, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and Aurora University. Dr. Banke received her PhD in early American history from the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation entitled “Bute’s Empire: Reform, Reaction, and the Roots of Imperial Crisis.” She also recently published a chapter entitled “The Ideology of Imperial Reform: Enlightened Absolutism and the American Colonies” in Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty (University of Virginia, 2021).