EDUCATIONAL ACTION “GREECE - USA / Philhellenism in the Greek Revolution of 1821”



For primary and secondary school students, under the coordination of the MORIAS ’21 initiative


The MORIAS ’21 program has planned an anniversary action aimed at twinning schools in the Peloponnese Region with schools of the Greek community in the USA, in order to build a better understanding of the history and contribution of the Philhellenic movement in support of the insurgent Greeks.

Philhellenism in the USA, culminating in the so-called “Greek Fever”, was manifested in many ways, including philhellenic committees in major cities, statements by leading politicians, articles in support of the revolution published in American newspapers, active participation of philhellenes in the Struggle and missionary work.

The program encourages students (10-14 years old) to research, discuss and create digital presentations (timeline, PPT content, photo editing, videos, visual art), which will be displayed at their schools and on the communication platforms of Morias ’21. Schools of the Peloponnese Region are twinned with schools in the USA and take part in a joint investigative and creative process, interacting through digital meetings and email exchanges.

The schools already participating (Experimental Primary School of Kalamata, 4th Primary School of Nafpio, 5th High School of Kalamata, A.Fantis school in Brooklyn etc) have selected one of the following themes:

  • Appeal of the Messenian Senate to the American people, 25 March 1821 – The response of the American people, scholars and politicians, with the aim of highlighting the common values shared by the two peoples and points of interaction.
  • The Greek Revolution of 1821 and my place of origin – Mapping of the students’ places of origin through oral history and significant historical events.
  • American philhellenism & public space – Research and identification of places in Greece and the USA which are associated with American philhellenes (statues and street names in Greece) and the connection with Greek culture (names of towns/cities and architecture of buildings in the USA).