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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15 Courses and Sets

  1. The Age of Benjamin Franklin Sale

    The Age of Benjamin Franklin

    Robert J. Allison
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (37)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $29.95 $269.95 $29.95$269.95
    The Age of Benjamin Franklin is a thorough—and sometimes surprising—course that presents a full portrait of a man defying easy definition. Over 24 insightful lectures, Professor Robert J. Allison of Suffolk University explores the many facets of Ben Franklin’s life and times. A pioneer in science, politics, diplomacy, and more, Franklin was truly one of the most extraordinary Americans ever to have lived.
  2. Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies Sale

    Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    Robert J. Allison
    4.6 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (93)
    Save up to $290.00 Starting at $34.95 $374.95 $34.95$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...
  3. (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
  4. (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 $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$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...
  5. (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History  Set

    (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,404.80 Starting at $1,404.80 $1,404.80 $1,404.80$1,404.80
  6. (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...
  7. (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 $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$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...
  8. (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 $1,124.90 Starting at $1,124.90 $1,124.90 $1,124.90$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...
  9. (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & American Revolution Set

    (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & American Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Look at a slice of American history with an in-depth view of the 18th century through this two-course set. Start by looking at this rapidly changing world through the eyes of an American icon with The Age of Benjamin Franklin. Then, get a new perspective on the war that gave birth to our country with American Revolution.
  10. (Set) The American West & Before 1776 Set

    (Set) The American West & Before 1776

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $644.90 Starting at $644.90 $644.90 $644.90$644.90
    Discover a new view on American history with this enlightening two-course set. Start by examining what the Wild West was really like with The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy. Then, deepen your appreciation for a formative era in American history with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies.
  11. (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & Before 1776 Set

    (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & Before 1776

    Robert J. Allison
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Dive into the life and times of 18th century America with this illuminating two-course set. Start by getting to know one of the most fascinating of American’s founding fathers with The Age of Benjamin Franklin. Then, look at the events, ideas, and traditions that shaped the US from the earliest days with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies.
  12. (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & The American West Set

    (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & The American West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take a new look at American history with this two-course set that focuses on unique views of the nation. Survey the life of one of the most important and engaging Americans with The Age of Benjamin Franklin. Then, experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history with The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy.
  13. (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & America’s Founding Fathers Set on sale

    (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & America’s Founding Fathers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $654.90 $106.90$654.90
    Get to know the men who built America with this insightful two-course set. Start with an in-depth look at the humble beginnings of Benjamin Franklin and his rise to greatness in the 18th century. Then, step back and see the creation of the U.S. Constitution as it actually happened—not as many are led to believe it happened—through the stories of the men who created it with America’s Founding Fathers.
  14. (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & The Skeptic’s Guide to American History Set

    (Set) The Age of Benjamin Franklin & The Skeptic’s Guide to American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history with this two-course set. Survey the remarkable life of a founding father—and the rapidly changing world he lived in with The Age of Benjamin Franklin. Then, examine many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and see the other side of the story with The Skeptic’s Guide to...
  15. (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Before 1776 Set

    (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Before 1776

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Examine American history from two sides with this two-course set. Start with a multidisciplinary view of American history, revealing new perspectives on the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples, and their significant impact on the history of our country with Native Peoples of North America. Then, examine the events that led from the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 to...