Lincoln’s Meditation on the Divine Will

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln wrote a brief but deeply revealing

“Created Equal”–a new NEH Resource

From our friends at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we’ve learned that Created…

210 Years After the Louisiana Purchase and 120 Years After Turner’s “Frontier Thesis”: How Did an Expanding Frontier Shape American Culture?

During the summer of 1893, a young historian presented a paper to the American Historical…

Heroes & Villains – A new resource from the Bill of Rights Institute

Our friends at the Bill of Rights Institute have developed a new resource to help…

The Sedition Act: An Early Challenge to Free Speech

[caption id="attachment_1122" align="alignright" width="244"] President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law(image…

Washington’s Advice upon Retiring from the Presidency

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="239"] A lithograph of President George Washington based on a painting of…

On Constitution Day, an Essay on Federalist 51

Last week we posted links to a number of representative documents in the debate between…

Fifty Years Ago: A Shocking Crime Builds Momentum for the 1964 Civil Rights Act

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, photographed by John Morse…

Slavery and the Constitution: An immoral compromise?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the…

The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate

After the Constitutional Convention finalized a plan of government in September 1787,  a long public…

Why the Founders Called a Constitutional Convention

During the Revolutionary War and in the first years following independence, the new American states…

230 Years ago in American History: As Conflict with Britain Ends, That with Native Americans Unresolved

The Revolutionary War reached its official end on September 3, 1783, as delegates to peace…

Truman Acts to End Segregation in the Armed Forces

Professor John Moser of Ashland University helps us understand the context and significance of an…