David Vigilante collaborated with Gary B. Nash, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the development of this unit. Vigilante is a former teacher at Gompers Secondary School, San Diego, California and served as a member of the Teacher Taskforce that participated in the construction of the National Standards for United States History. He is also Associate Director of the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS). Nash is Director of NCHS, Co-Director of the National Standards Project, and former president of the Organization of American Historians. He has authored a number of books on colonial and revolutionary America, including Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840 (Harvard University Press, 1988).
Ann Meredith, Executive Producer/President of Lights of Liberty Inc. worked closely with the authors during the conception and creation of this teaching unit. Special appreciation for this addition to the Lights of Liberty educational experience goes to PECO Energy, Lights of Liberty’s co-presenting sponsor; Lights of Liberty Founder and Board Chairman, Edward G. Rendell, and Edmund Bacon whose vision of 50 years became Lights of Liberty.
Thanks also to Ron Miziker, the Lights of Liberty Show’s Creative Director and David Mitchell, the show’s Art Director, who created the splendid artwork for the Lights of Liberty Show which is used throughout this unit.
We also would like to acknowledge several historians and educators who reviewed the unit and added valuable suggestions: Helen Grady of Springside School, Phila- delphia; Joan Arno of George Washington High School, Philadelphia; Louis P. DeAngelo, Education Office, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, tour consultant and past President of Historic Philadelphia, Inc.; and Karen H. Butler and Elizabeth S. Browne, historians and tour consultants.
Marian McKenna Olivas was the layout and prepress designer and editor.