About the Project

The site is a result of COPLACDigital program, a product of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges that hopes to help students gain research, technological, and professional skills that they can take throughout their undergraduate career and beyond. We worked with students and professors across the country to learn about secession and separatism and help produce this website. To learn more about COPLACDigital, click here.

This project was the result of many months of research and creative development. We chose the Quakers because of their expression of ideals and advocacy for what they believe is right. They were abolitionists and suffragettes before it was cool and they have been consistently ahead of their time for generations.

This course’s goal was to create a digital website that would chronicle a secession movement. At the very beginning of this process, shortly after our proposal, we were questioned about whether or not the Quakers really counted as a secession movement. And it’s true, the Quakers do not fit in with what think of secessionist movements (like the American Civil War) to be but we felt like we could use that ambiguity to our advantage and thus Force May Subdue was born.

 Force May Subdue is intended to be a digital resource for high school teachers and students in alternative learning environments where non-traditional tools are necessary to engage students effectively. Students with mental or physical health issues may not attend school for extended periods of time. Through this website they will have access to not only historical information but links to resources pertaining to writing, how to use primary resources as well as project specific supplemental materials that are easy to integrate into the classroom. This site was reviewed by a history teacher who worked in an alternative high school where the students attend to deal with their emotional and social disabilities such as anger management, trauma, depression, and anxiety. We took their feedback and implemented into the construction of our site’s content.

For more information on how to use this website, click here.