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August 2018

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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October 2018

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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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

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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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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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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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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