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October 2016

Forum: Alexander Hamilton’s Commercial Republic conducted at the Fraunces Tavern Museum (New York, NY)

October 15, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This program is made possible by a grant from The Achelis and Bodman Foundations. This forum, Alexander Hamilton's Commercial Republic, will focus on the United States’ first secretary of the Treasury and his contributions to the financial system of this country. Participating teachers will receive: A copy of Dr. Knott’s recent publication, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America A copy of the Ashbrook Center’s 50 Core American Documents Refreshments and lunch General admission to the museum Discussion Leader: Dr. Stephen Knott,…

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Dred Scott v. Sanford

October 15, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom in court because his former master had taken him to live where slavery had been prohibited by Congress through the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Chief Justice Roger Taney, writing the opinion of the Court, argued that Scott could not sue because he was not and could never be a citizen of the United States. Taney based this conclusion on an assertion that Founding-era Americans did not…

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One-Day Seminar: Age of Enterprise hosted by Osceola School District (Kissimmee, FL)

October 17, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

How did nationalism influence the pro-imperialism argument that guided Theodore Roosevelt? Did nationalism have any influence in the government’s laissez-faire policies that consequently ceded power to corporate moguls and “robber barrons”? This seminar considers the role of nationalism, imperialism and the expansion of the American free enterprise system. Discussion Leader: Dr. Gregory Schneider, Professor of History, Emporia State University Access program materials here Registration has closed. Registration begins at 8:30 am

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One-Day Seminar: Cold War Origins hosted by Dade County Schools (Miami, FL)

October 22, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 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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One-Day Seminars: FDR and Hoover, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

October 22, 2016, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

The event description will be updated soon!   Discussion Leader: Dr. Will Ruger, Senior Scholar on Foreign Policy, CKI. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Access the program materials here. REGISTER HERE Registration: 9:30-10:15

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One-Day Seminar: Supreme Court Cases That Changed America hosted by Sarasota County Schools (Sarasota, FL)

October 24, 2016, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm

The United States Supreme Court has played a large role in U.S. history, at times reflecting the mass sentiment of the era and at other times disregarding popular views to extend rights to our citizens. Other famous Supreme Court decisions established the Courts own power or reshaped the political landscape. Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia Access program materials here REGISTER HERE Registration begins at Noon.

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November 2016

Forum: American Progressivism hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

November 1, 2016, 8:30 am to 11:30 am

This free training is a unique and exciting collaboration between ADE and TeachingAmericanHistory.org. Participants will engage in a document based Socratic discussion, facilitated by a visiting scholar expert in that field, for the first half of the training. The second half will focus on strategies for teaching with primary source documents in the classroom. This training is hands on and teachers will leave with several good resources and strategies for connecting students to their content through primary sources. The content…

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Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Andrew Jackson (Nashville, TN)

November 11, 2016, 3:00 pm to November 13, 2016, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium will focus on Jackson’s presidency is generally interpreted as signifying the moment when democracy becomes an overwhelming political and moral force in America that pushes aside a republican understanding of government. The key issues of Jackson’s presidency, which this conference will explore

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One-Day Seminars: The Election of 2016 in Historical Perspective, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

November 12, 2016, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

A discussion of the significance of the 2016 Presidential election based on primary documents from American history. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, and Dr. David Tucker, Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and Associate Director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Access the program materials here. REGISTER HERE Registration: 9:30-10:15

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Civil War, hosted by Alta High School (Sandy, Utah)

November 18, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 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 that follow 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: Professor Dennis Boman, Professor of History at Lindenwood University Access program materials here. REGISTER HERE Registration begins at 8 am.

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One-Day Seminar: Supreme Court Cases that Changed America hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

November 19, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The United States Supreme Court has played a large role in U.S. history, at times reflecting the mass sentiment of the era and at other times disregarding popular views to extend rights to our citizens. Other famous Supreme Court decisions established the Courts own power or reshaped the political landscape. Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia Access program materials here REGISTER HERE Registration begins at 8:30 am. 

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Brown v. Board of Education

November 19, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, the doctrine of “separate but equal” legalized racial segregation in the United States. The Supreme Court finally rejected that doctrine in 1954 on the ground that segregated schools led to unequal educational opportunities for white and black students, which in turn had negative psychological effects on the self-image of black children. The end of legal segregation was cause for great hope and inspiration to Civil Rights leaders. When novelist Ralph Ellison…

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December 2016

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Gideon v. Wainwright

December 10, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

What began as a case of a man being charged with breaking and entering and intent to commit a misdemeanor ended with one of the seminal civil liberties cases of the 20th Century. Unable to afford an attorney, Clarence Earl Gideon’s request for one was denied under existing Florida law. During his time in prison, Gideon wrote by hand his habeas corpus petition, which although rejected by the Florida Supreme Court was taken up by the Supreme Court. In Gideon…

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January 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Miranda v. Arizona

Sat, Jan 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

“You have the right to remain silent…” - famous words familiar to millions of Americans who’ve watched police procedurals on television over the years, and to others  who’ve been arrested after this 1966 case. Continuing the court’s efforts to guarantee fundamental civil liberties in federal as well as state cases, especially those relating to protections of those accused of crimes, the decision in Miranda sought to guarantee that all people being arrested, questioned, or detained by police were made aware…

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One-Day Seminar: Cold War Origins hosted by Sarasota County Schools (Sarasota, FL)

Tue, Jan 17, 12:30 pm to 6:00 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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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

Sat, Jan 21, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path.  The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery.  The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved.  This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by African Americans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Peter Myers, Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University…

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by the Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Jan 24, 8:00 am to 2:30 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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Documents in Detail Webinar: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Wed, Jan 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural is both an apology and a plea for forgiveness after full admission of national guilt for the institution of slavery. Building on these sentiments, Lincoln also appealed to northerners and southerners to reconcile when the conflict ended, urging forgiveness on the part of both victors and defeated, and a willingness on the part all Americans to abide by God’s justice as made manifest by the war’s outcome. After delivering this address, Lincoln saw Frederick Douglass in a…

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One-Day Seminar: FDR, World War II, and the Holocaust (hosted by the Arizona Department of Education – Phoenix, AZ)

Mon, Jan 30, 8:30 am to 11:30 am

This free training is a unique and exciting collaboration between ADE and TeachingAmericanHistory.org. Participants will engage in a document based Socratic discussion, facilitated by a visiting scholar expert in that field, for the first half of the training. The second half will focus on strategies for teaching with primary source documents in the classroom. This training is hands on and teachers will leave with several good resources and strategies for connecting students to their content through primary sources. The content…

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February 2017

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America (hosted by Orange Count School District – Orlando, FL)

Wed, Feb 1, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path.  The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery.  The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved.  This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by African Americans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Peter Myers, Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University…

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One-Day Seminar: Roosevelt, Wilson, and Progressive Reform (hosted by Alpine School District – American Fork, UT)

Fri, Feb 3, 8:30 am

What is the place of Progressivism in the American reform tradition?  How did the Progressive Presidents Roosevelt and Wilson exert their Executive Office to influence reforms in America and to what extent did those measures modernize America.  This seminar explores the political and social reforms enacted by Presidents Roosevelt and Wilson. Registration begins at 8 am Access program materials here REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Tinker v. Des Moines

Sat, Feb 4, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

To what extent did students have a right to expressive speech while in school? This issue was at the root of Tinker, in which a group of students chose to protest the war in Vietnam by wearing armbands. Considered inappropriate by school officials, the students were disciplined, motivating their parents to sue. The court eventually determined that the school had violated the students’ constitutional rights, asserting that “...students do not abandon their civil rights at the schoolhouse door.” This case…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Wed, Feb 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Written while jailed in 1963, King's open letter to fellow clergymen is often overshadowed by his "I Have a Dream" speech. King's letter makes a powerful argument for non-violent resistance - even to the point of breaking existing laws - against immoral laws, and in it he encouraged others to understand his actions and those of his supporters, and to join in their work for racial equality, despite the fact that many African-American clergymen were against the tactics employed by…

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and Reconstruction hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

Sat, Feb 25, 9:00 am to 3:00 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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One-Day Seminar: The Cold War at Home: 1945-1954 (hosted at the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio)

Sat, Feb 25, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

The rise of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is a story that has often been told. How did these developments abroad affect life in the United States? This seminar will focus on postwar anticommunism, culminating in the McCarthy era, but will also focus on changes in home and family life, as well as popular culture in the postwar period. Discussion Leader: Dr. John Moser, Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access materials here REGISTER…

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