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August 2017

One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion

Tue, Aug 29, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

This seminar, hosted by Phoenix Union High School District and open to all Arizona teachers, will focus on Westward Expansion during the 19th Century. Ideas and events emphasized include Manifest Destiny, the Monroe Doctrine, the Mexican-American War, and the growing problem of Sectionalism that threatened to drive North and South apart. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program. Discussion Leader: Dr. Dennis Bowman, Lindenwood University Registration: 8:00…

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September 2017

One-Day Seminar: Competing Visions: Madison and Hamilton hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Wed, Sep 6, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were allies as authors of the Federalist Papers, and yet their views on how the new government should function and what it should do grew increasingly different, and opposed, as time passed. This program explores their similarities and differences about how the Constitution should be interpreted and implemented, what powers the new government and its officials should wield, and how these positions shaped the early party system and have, in fact, impacted American political thought…

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One-Day Seminar: The American Founding hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

Thu, Sep 7, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

This seminar will examine the principles of the American Revolution and how they came to define the structure of the American Constitution for the Founding generation. Special focus will be placed on core American political ideals and systems, and the question of how to reconcile these with the institution of slavery. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics…

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One Day Seminar: Presidents and Political Parties hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

Tue, Sep 12, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

The relations between presidents and political parties have changed a great deal over the last 2+ centuries, from the earliest years of the republic, with parties still forming, to the later 19th Century during which parties mostly dominated presidents, and into the 20th Century when presidents have become increasingly free from party control. This program is relevant for both American History and American Government/Civics teachers, and offers a diverse selection of original documents as source material for the discussion. This program…

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One-Day Seminar: The Origins of the Cold War hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Fri, Sep 29, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

How did the alliances of World War 2 break down, and so quickly, after 1945? How close were these alliances in the first place, and what differences existed between the United States and the Soviet Union that acted as wedges between these two states and their respective allies? This seminar focuses on the ideas, events, and people – as expressed in key documents – of the years immediately after the end of World War 2, and how the Cold War…

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October 2017

One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Tue, Oct 10, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials HERE REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Jacksonian America, Hosted by Alta High School

Fri, Oct 13, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

Join teachers from around the Salt Lake area for a day-long documents-based seminar on the Age of Jackson, with sessions devoted to the man himself, the policies, trends, and ideas of the time, and their impact on American history. Printed reader sent to all registrants in advance of the program, and lunch will be provided. Discussion Leader: Dr. Dan Monroe, Miliken University Access PDF copies of the materials here. Register Here

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One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

Tue, Oct 17, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Discussion Leader: Dr. Daniel Monroe, Associate Professor of History at Millikin University  Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: The Cuban Missile Crisis hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Oct 24, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most studied and well-documented events in modern U.S. history. In this seminar, we will use a selection of primary sources related to the crisis to address key questions and to examine the decisions and actions of U.S., Soviet, and Cuban officials. Why did the Soviet Union place nuclear missiles in Cuba? How did the U.S. respond? What options did…

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November 2017

One-Day Seminar: Watergate hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Nov 7, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The break-in at the Watergate before the 1972 presidential election was relatively small news at the time; however, keen investigative journalism and a voice from within the Nixon administration eventually led to the downfall and first resignation of an American president. Astonishing in its brazenness, the work of the Plumbers and involvement of the White House dramatically changed how Americans viewed presidential character and the relationship between the press and politicians, ushering in an era of increased partisanship and distrust.…

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One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion, Hosted by Alta High School

Fri, Nov 10, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

This seminar, open to all Utah teachers, will focus on Westward Expansion during the 19th Century. Ideas and events emphasized include Manifest Destiny, the Monroe Doctrine, the Mexican-American War, and the growing problem of Sectionalism that threatened to drive North and South apart. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program. Discussion Leader: Dr. Dennis Bowman, Lindenwood University Access PDF copies of the materials here. Register Here

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and Reconstruction hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

Tue, Nov 14, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

This program is a study of Lincoln’s struggles, ideas, and plans to reconstruct the Union during and after the Civil War. Special emphasis is placed on the challenges he faced in trying to win the war while simultaneously laying the groundwork for a reconstructed country, and how his ideas about the status of slaves changed over the course of the war. Documents studied include those from before and during the war, helping participants understand Lincoln’s beliefs and plans, and how…

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December 2017

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights – Constitution and Law hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

Wed, Dec 6, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Explore the evolution of Civil Rights laws and constitutional interpretations, from the era of Reconstruction through the mid-20th Century in this one-day seminar. A selection of original documents will serve as the foundation for this discussion, aimed at helping teachers develop a greater understanding of the key laws, court cases, and changes in legal understanding as related to Civil Rights in America. This program is open to all area teachers; however, Austin ISD teachers will receive priority for program placement.…

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