Teaching America's Story Together

Teaching American History is a free resource that brings together primary documents, continuing education, and community for American history teachers.

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This volume on Abraham Lincoln is unique in Teaching American History’s collections of core documents because it focuses on one person. One might claim others deserve such a distinction, but we do not believe that anyone would deny that Lincoln does. Lincoln’s statesmanship—his effort to choose the best course of action in always uncertain circumstances—merits study in itself, but its success derived from what this collection focuses on, his unmatched understanding of America’s political principles. These 26 documents contain reflections on the Declaration of Independence, and its relation to the constitution; the meaning of equality; the rule of law; the role of religion in American politics; and the role of the Supreme Court and of the other branches of government in relation to the Court; and the rule of law that remain fundamental for understanding the American experiment in self-government.

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Teaching American History programs are different from other teaching seminars you might attend. In our seminars, participants read primary sources from American history and spend their time in thoughtful discussion. They leave with a richer appreciation for broader themes in history and a better understanding of how to bring discussion-based learning to their own classrooms.

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The Core Documents Volumes

Edited with commentary by leading scholars, the Core Document collections curate key primary sources that track a single theme throughout the course of American history. Available to teachers as bound paperbacks or as PDF files, they are a foundational piece to any documents-based curriculum.

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