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August 2018

One-Day Seminar: The Evolution of Executive Power, hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across the Phoenix area and Arizona in studying the constitutional and legal origins of the power of the American president and Executive branch, and the evolution of that power over time. This thematic program will be useful to both American History and American Government teachers, as it will use documents spanning two centuries and a number of critical events and issues in American politics and law. Teachers will read documents from the Core American Documents volume The American…

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Webinar – Memorial and Remonstrance – Documents in Detail

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Memorial and Remonstrance, James Madison, 1785 Complementary Documents Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVII: Religion, Thomas Jefferson, 1781 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson, 1786 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. David Tucker, Ashland University Dr. Sarah Morgan Smith, Ashland University

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September 2018

Webinar – Federalists vs. Antifederalists – Great American Debates

September 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Would the new government be national or federal? Would the states be obliterated as sovereignties, or would they continue to drive policy? How would America solve its fiscal and economic problems in the wake of the Revolution? And how would the spirit and ideals of 1776 be enshrined, protected, and promoted for future generations? Questions as these drove those who fought as brothers in the Revolution to different sides of a debate that formally lasted from 1787 to…

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Webinar – Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 – Documents in Detail

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 (excerpted), James Madison Complementary Documents Articles of Confederation, 1777 Vices of the Political System of the United States, James Madison, 1787 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston

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One-Day Seminar: The Gilded Age – Foreign and Domestic Policy, hosted by San Diego USD (San Diego, CA)

September 24 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from the San Diego area to discuss the key domestic and foreign policy issues of the Gilded Age, and the ideas behind them, through a collection of original documents. Teachers will take part in three 90-minute discussion sessions, led by Dr. David Tucker of Ashland University, using the words and arguments of the times to better understand the people, events, and movements of this pivotal point in American history. All registrants will receive a paper copy of the…

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One-Day Seminar: American Foreign Policy, hosted by Broken Arrow Schools, Tulsa, OK

September 24 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from the Tulsa area to discuss the ideas and events key to understanding American foreign policy, from the 1790s through the decades after WW2. Americans have always looked beyond their own borders. Nevertheless, the Founders advised Americans to steer clear of foreign quarrels. This seminar will examine how the tension between these two tendencies has played out through the history of the United States. All participants will receive a certificate for continuing education hours; a physical copy of the…

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One-Day Seminar: The Bill of Rights, hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

September 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across Southern Arizona for a one-day Seminar about the history behind, debate surrounding, and evolution of our understanding of the Bill of Rights. All participants will receive a physical copy of the documents reader, and after the program date will be mailed a free copy of TAH.org's upcoming Bill of Rights Core American Documents Collection. All participants will also be provided with digital copies of the reader and volume, as well as a certificate for continuing education…

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One-Day Seminar: World War 2, hosted by St. Thomas High School, Houston, TX

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This program will focus on the American experience in World War 2, addressing the causes, conduct of the war, and sociopolitical dimensions of how the war was fought abroad and at home, and its impacts on American government and society. Participants will be provided with a documents reader in advance of the program, and will take part in three 90-minute discussion sessions led by Dr. Greg Schneider of Emporia State University. There is no admission fee, and a certificate for…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights – Speeches and Leaders, hosted by ThunderRidge High School (Highlands Ranch, CO)

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Dig deeply into the ideas of the Civil Rights Movement through the words of some of its greatest thinkers and leaders. Drawing from speeches and writings from across the decades, this Seminar will help you better understand what they meant, their arguments, and how their words were received at the time. This Seminar would be great for both History and English teachers, given its focus on language and the power of words. All registrants will receive a printed copy of…

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October 2018

One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion, hosted by Missouri Humanities Council and Schumacher Station (Kansas City, MO)

October 5 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join teachers from Kansas City and surrounding areas for a day-long Seminar on Westward Expansion, using a collection of original documents to explore the people, places, ideas, and themes of the early to mid-19th Century growth of America. Early expansion, in the Jeffersonian era, as well as that which took place under and related to Jackson, will be addressed, as well as how the institution of slavery complicated territorial expansion, eventually leading to the Civil War. All participants will be…

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One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, hosted by Alta High School (Sandy, UT)

October 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about some of the most important Supreme Court cases from throughout American history: how they came to be, how they were decided, and how they impacted their times and America since they were decided. This seminar will be relevant to any teachers of American History, Government, or Civics courses, especially at the high school and middle school levels. Lunch and a continuing education certificate will be provided, as well as a physical copy of the documents reader, which will…

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Webinar – Hamilton vs. Jefferson – Great American Debates

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Would America be a commercial republic, engaged in trade with the rest of the world and turning steadily toward industry and, eventually, urbanization? Or would the American experiment in self-government be best promoted and maintained by a nation of yeoman farmers, spread across a continent in small towns? Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were intellectual giants of the American Revolution, and although their ideas about the shape America should take differed significantly, the passion and egotism with which…

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War, hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 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 Seminar: The Civil War, hosted by Phoenix Union HSD (Phoenix, AZ)

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the American Civil War through a collection of original documents and learn, through the words of the time, about the military, social, and political dimensions of the war that threatened to destroy the American Union. Teachers will engage in discussion during three 90-minute sessions, each focusing on a subtopic under the broader heading of the war itself. Lunch will be provided, as well as a continuing education certificate for all participants. The reader will be mailed to all registrants…

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Webinar – Brutus I – Documents in Detail

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Brutus I, 1787 Complementary Documents Objections to the Constitution, George Mason, 1787 Centinel I, 1787 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. William Allen, Dean and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University Dr. Todd Estes, Oakland University

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November 2018

One-Day Seminar: World War 2 hosted by the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (Norman, OK)

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

One of two Seminars TAH.org is putting on in conjunction with the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies, this program will focus on the American experience in World War 2, addressing the causes, conduct of the war, and sociopolitical dimensions of how the war was fought abroad and at home, and its impacts on American government and society. Participants will be provided with a documents reader in advance of the program, and will take part in three 90-minute discussion sessions…

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One-Day Seminar: The American Founding hosted by the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (Norman, OK)

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

One of two Seminars TAH.org is putting on in conjunction with the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies, 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, with a special focus on how slavery was debated and dealt with by the Founders. All registered teachers will receive a hard copy of the reader about a month before this free program, and lunch will…

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One-Day Seminar: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry – the Gilded Age Revisited, hosted by AZ Dept. Education

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Gilded Age is often portrayed as one of contrasts: the rich and the poor; the powerful and the weak. Dig deeply into a collection of documents from the latter decades of the 19th Century to see through the lens of the times how social norms, economic changes, and government policy reflected and shaped this era of rapid industrialization and urbanization, ongoing immigration, and the growth of wealth. Discussion Leader: Gregory Schneider, Emporia State University Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials here…

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

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Take a deep dive into the politics, ideas, and debates surround the Constitutional Convention of 1787, reading from a variety of documents and perspectives on this seminal event in American history. Relevant for any middle or high school American history, government, or civics teachers, this program will provide teachers with a collection of documents, send in physical form in advance and available online shortly, and a continuing education certificate. Documents will be drawn from TAH.org's new Constitutional Convention volume, available…

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Webinar – Frederick Douglass vs. William Lloyd Garrison – Great American Debates

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE How should the abolition movement look? How should opponents of slavery view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and American government as a whole? Two former allies charted different intellectual courses in response to these questions, as each worked to end the blight that slavery was on the America of their times. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 1: Ch. 12, “The Peculiar Institution: Positive Good or Pernicious Sin?” documents A, B, C, D, E, and F To…

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and the Problem of Reconstruction, hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

November 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from the Houston area to discuss the problems the Lincoln administration - and United States as a whole - faced through the challenge of Reconstruction. Using a collection of primary sources, teachers will discuss Lincoln's views on and work toward reconstructing - that is, building a post-slavery America - before, during, and after the Civil War. Participants will receive a certificate for continuing education hours, as well as physical copy of the documents reader. Digital copies of the…

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Webinar – Bill of Rights – Documents in Detail

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Bill of Rights, 1791 Complementary Documents Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776 Speech on Amendments to the Constitution, James Madison, 1789 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Ashland University Dr. Adam Seagrave, University of Missouri

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One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, hosted by Phoenix Union HSD (Phoenix, AZ)

November 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about some of the most important Supreme Court cases from throughout American history: how they came to be, how they were decided, and how they impacted their times and America since they were decided. This seminar will be relevant to any teachers of American History, Government, or Civics courses, especially at the high school and middle school levels. Lunch and a continuing education certificate will be provided, as well as a physical copy of the documents reader, which will…

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December 2018

Webinar – Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen A. Douglas – Great American Debates

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE The seven Lincoln-Douglas debates are, arguably, the most famous literal debates in American history, with the two men going into depth on subjects of both immediate and enduring importance in American politics and law. Suggested Readings House Divided Speech, June 1858, Abraham Lincoln Homecoming Speech at Chicago, July 1858, Stephen A. Douglas The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: First Debate, 21 August 1858, Ottawa, IL Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Jason Stevens, Ashland University

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One-Day Seminar: American Foreign Policy, hosted by Alta High School (Sandy, UT)

December 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from the Salt Lake area to discuss the ideas and events key to understanding American foreign policy, from the 1790s through the decades after WW2. Americans have always looked beyond their own borders. Nevertheless, the Founders advised Americans to steer clear of foreign quarrels. This seminar will examine how the tension between these two tendencies has played out through the history of the United States. All participants will receive a certificate for continuing education hours; a physical copy of…

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Webinar – Letter to Roger Weightman – Documents in Detail

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Letter to Roger C. Weightman, Thomas Jefferson, 1826 Complementary Documents Declaration of Independence, 1776 Letter to Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, 1825 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Todd Estes, Oakland University Dr. Rob McDonald, United States Military Academy

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January 2019

Webinar – Secessionists vs. Unionists – Great American Debates

January 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Waged in Congress, state governments, newspaper editorials, and within and between family and friends, the prelude to the Civil War was, in part, a debate over union vs. state, of a national identity vs. a local one, enflamed by the decades-old debate over slavery. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 1: Ch 15, “War for Union or Abolition?” documents A, B, C, D, and E Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Scott Yenor, Boise State University

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Webinar – Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise – Documents in Detail

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise, Abraham Lincoln, 1854 Complementary Documents House Divided Speech, Abraham Lincoln, 1858 Address at Cooper Institute, Abraham Lincoln, 1860 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University Dr. Dan Monroe, Millikin University

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February 2019

Webinar – Imperialists vs. Non-Interventionists – Great American Debates

February 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE The Gilded Age and Progressive Era both coincided with the emergence, and debate over, America as an imperial power, The same leaders lauded for domestic reforms were those who worked hard to expand American power overseas, and they were confronted at home by groups and individuals who, for a variety of reasons, believed that America was not meant to take or maintain imperial possessions. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: Ch 20, “Progressive Foreign Policy: The Philippines,” documents…

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Webinar – Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine – Documents in Detail

February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904 Complementary Documents Monroe Doctrine, James Monroe, 1823 Dollar Diplomacy, William Howard Taft, 1912 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. David Alvis, Wofford College Dr. Sarah Burns, Rochester Institute of Technology

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March 2019

Webinar – Election of 1932: FDR vs. Hoover – Great American Debates

March 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE In what seemed like the depths of economic and social depression, the incumbent president and his challenger not only debated the causes of the country’s problems and proposed various solutions, they also debated about the very nature of government in America, what it should and should not do, and how it should relate to its citizens and the states. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

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Webinar – Fourteen Points – Documents in Detail

March 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document “Fourteen Points” Message, Woodrow Wilson, 1918 Complementary Documents Federalist 6, Alexander Hamilton, 1787 The Senate and the League of Nations, Congressional Record, 1919 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Jennifer Keene, Chapman University Dr. David Krugler, University of Wisconsin – Platteville

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April 2019

Webinar – MLK vs. Malcolm X – Great American Debates

April 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and Malcolm X were the two most prominent Civil Rights leaders of the 1950s and 60s, who for most of their public lives had two very different views on a way forward regarding race relations in America. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Peter Myers, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University

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Webinar – 1944 State of the Union – Documents in Detail

April 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document 1944 State of the Union Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944 Complementary Documents First Inaugural Address, FDR, 1933 Second Inaugural Address, FDR, 1937 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Eric Pullin, Carthage College Dr. Alonzo Hamby, Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

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May 2019

Webinar – The Great Society vs. Modern Conservatism – Great American Debates

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ package of programs, seen by many as a logical extension of New Deal and Progressive policies, shaped a great deal of the late 20th Century domestic political landscape in America. It also could be said to have given birth to its opposition, in the form of modern American conservatism. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

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Webinar – Great Society Speech – Documents in Detail

May 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Focus Document “Great Society” Speech, Lyndon Johnson, 1964 Complementary Documents Special Message to Congress Proposing a Nationwide War on the Sources of Poverty, Lyndon Johnson, 1964 “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan, 1964 Scholars Dr. John Moser, Ashland University Dr. Greg Schneider, Emporia State University Dr. Abbylin Sellers, Azusa Pacific University

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