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November 2016

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
Utah,

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
Utah,

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
Ohio,

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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March 2017

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America (Tucson, AZ)

Wed, Mar 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: Turning Points: America’s War in Vietnam hosted by Alta High School (Sandy, UT)

Fri, Mar 3, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

An intensive look at the origins and conduct of the Vietnam War.  The seminar will examine LBJ’s actions as president and commander in chief resulting in escalation of the war and the eventual collapse of his administration. Discussion Leader: Dr. William Atto, Associate Professor of History, University of Dallas Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials here. REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: The American Founding hosted by ESC Region 13 (Austin, TX)

Fri, Mar 3, 9:00 am to 3:15 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. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston Registration begins at 8:30 am Access program materials here. REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Cuban Missile Crisis hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

Sat, Mar 11, 9:00 am to 3:00 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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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Roe v. Wade

Sat, Mar 11, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Among the most controversial, and also least-understood, of Landmark Cases, Roe resulted in the USSC ruling as unconstitutional state laws that placed limits on abortions except for cases in which the life of the mother was in danger. The case itself, however, was rooted in questions over the meaning and extent of 4th Amendment rights to privacy, as well as rights addressed in the 1st, 9th, and 14th amendments. Although Roe v. Wade had a clear legal effect on the country,…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Mar 14, 8:30 am to 2:30 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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Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville, VA)

Fri, Mar 17, 3:00 pm to Sun, Mar 19, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium participants will examine the thought and policies of Thomas Jefferson, drawing connections between his earliest ideas and activities...

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One-Day Seminar: LBJ and America’s War in Vietnam (hosted by the Arizona Department of Education – Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Mar 21, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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. The day will consist of three discussion sessions, with the focus of each being a different aspect of the Vietnam War. The content covered in the sessions will examine LBJ’s actions as president and commander in chief resulting in escalation of the war and the eventual collapse of his administration.…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: James Madison – Federalist No. 10

Wed, Mar 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Federalist 10 is part of a remarkable public discussion, spawned by the ratification debates, between Federalists and Antifederalists on the nature of republican government. Many Antifederalists believed that the Constitution would lead to a large, consolidated nation and abolish the republican governments in the states, which in turn would lead to violations of the rights of citizens. Madison turned that argument on its head by pointing out that in republican governments, in which the majority must rule, an all-powerful majority…

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