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Professor Robert J. Allison, Ph.D.

Professor Robert J. Allison
  • Suffolk University
  • Harvard University
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The best thing [about writing this class] has been hearing from so many students who have watched or listened, as they've asked new questions and raised new ideas about this exciting history.

Dr. Robert J. Allison is Professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston and also teaches history at the Harvard Extension School. He graduated from the Harvard Extension School with an A.L.B. before earning a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 1992. Professor Allison received the Harvard Extension School's Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997, the Suffolk University Student Government Association's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006, and the Suffolk University Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 (2000); A Short History of Boston (2004); Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2005); The Boston Massacre (2006); The Boston Tea Party (2007); and the upcoming A Short History of Cape Cod. He has edited books on American history spanning from the colonial period to the 20th century. Professor Allison was a consultant to the Commonwealth Museum at the State Archives in Boston, and he is on the board of overseers of the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and president of the South Boston Historical Society.

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"Dr. Allison is an engaging speaker. He is an enthusiastic lecturer who does a great job of telling the story in an engrossing way while sticking to the facts."

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7 Courses and Sets

  1. Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    Robert J. Allison
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Deepen your appreciation of the formative era before the birth of America with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies. In 36 lectures, Professor Robert J. Allison tells the epic story of the events that led from the first permanent settlement at Jamestown to the eve of the Revolutionary War. Along the way, you examine in-depth topics such as the Mayflower Compact, the Pennsylvania Quaker colony, and the French...
  2. (Set) From Jamestown to the Boston Tea Party & Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution  Set

    (Set) From Jamestown to the Boston Tea Party & Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  3. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies  Set

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Explore the dramatic history of the British Empire and experience life in its American colonies with this engaging two-course set. In The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, gain fresh insights into what made the British Empire such a defining force in modern Western history. And in Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies, deepen your appreciation of the formative era before the birth of the United States by...
  4. (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History  Set

    (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.80 Starting at $709.80 $1,404.80 $709.80$1,404.80
  5. (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & American Revolution  Set

    (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & American Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the formative years of our nation's dramatic history with this two-course set on the origins of the United States of America. First, deepen your appreciation of the events that led from the first settlement at Jamestown to the eve of the Revolutionary War with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies. Next, focus on the landmark conflict between the now-united...
  6. (Set) Skeptic's Guide to American History & Before 1776 Set

    (Set) Skeptic's Guide to American History & Before 1776

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Gain a fuller appreciation for America's story with this probing two-course set. You'll reframe your understanding of this great nation's past in The Skeptic's Guide to American History by examining many commonly held myths and half-truths about the United States. And in Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies, you'll deepen your appreciation for the country's formative era, from the events that led to the first...
  7. (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    This two-course set is an unrivaled opportunity to survey the entire dramatic history of the United States of America in the company of expert historians and award-winning professors. Deepen your appreciation of the formative era before the birth of America with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies. Then, get a comprehensive guide to the men, women, moments, and themes that make up the rest of America's...