Documents in Detail: Final Emancipation Proclamation

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How Second-Generation Immigrants Develop the Skills and Convictions of Citizens

Today we feature Kevin Barney, a graduate of our Master of Arts in American History…

The Battle of Verdun 105 Years Later

February 21 will mark the 105th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Verdun,…

Documents in Detail: Alexander Stephens’ “Cornerstone” Speech

 Our Documents in Detail webinar for 17 February 2021 focused on Confederate States of…

The Right of the Disenfranchised to Petition

The First Amendment protects five distinct freedoms: religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the…

Documents in Detail: Final Emancipation Proclamation

Join us for another DiD webinar, on 17 MAR 2021 at 7pm ET, focusing on…

Springfield Bids Goodbye to President-Elect Abraham Lincoln

Few of us enjoy particular attention on the day before our birthdays. Yet on the…

The Hartford Convention: Secession or Reform?

Rumors were swirling throughout New England. What were the delegates, gathered in secret, doing? Were…

Forts Henry and Donelson: U.S. Grant Takes the Stage

On February 4th and 16th, the Confederate forts Henry and Donelson, respectively, surrendered to Union…

Saturday Webinar: Susan B. Anthony

Join us on 6 March 2021 for our 'Remember the Ladies' webinar about Susan B.…

The Convention—and the Cause—that Organized the Confederacy

A critical step precipitating the Civil War was taken 160 years ago this month. On…

How History Illuminates Literature, and Literature Deepens History

Why might teachers seeking a Masters’ degree in history and government take time to read…

The New Deal: Social Security

Most Americans employed in the private sector have experienced this moment. They looked at their…

The Ox-Bow Incident: Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s Critique of the Western

The American “western,” in the novels of Owen Wister, the stories of Zane Grey, and…

A Pageantry of Power: Planning Washington’s First Inauguration

The Library of Congress has created a fascinating online resource guide: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I…

Saturday Webinar: Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a journalist, educator, and early Civil Rights leader, making her mark…

American Independence Begins on Favorable Terms: Continental Congress Ratifies the Treaty of Paris

This day, in a sense, marks the anniversary of the beginning of American independence. While…

Documents in Detail: Alexander Stephens’ “Cornerstone” Speech

Join us for another DiD webinar, on 17 FEB 2021 at 7pm ET, focusing on…

The Whiskey Rebellion

President George Washington and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton stepped into a carriage on Market Street…

The Healthy -Bickering Brothers of Battle Creek

Each January, as the holiday parties end and the decorations are stored away, millions of…

Milestone Documents to Commemorate in 2021

This year, 2021, marks major anniversaries of several milestone documents in American history. Some—like the…

Documents in Detail: Andrew Jackson’s Bank Veto Message

 Join us for another DiD webinar, on 20 JAN 21 at 7pm ET, focusing…

400 Years Ago This Week: The Pilgrims Land at Plymouth (but not necessarily on a rock)

Although we remember the Pilgrims most commonly in November, it was actually in December of…

Madison and Jefferson Discuss the Bill of Rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known to us as the  Bill of Rights,…

The Timing of Al Gore’s Concession in 2000

Election night on November 7, 2000, was confusing, especially for the press.  The Associated Press…

No Less Than a Miracle

Writing this series of posts about Teaching American History’s Core Document Collection: Documents and Debates…

Timely Ideas: Lincoln’s Lyceum Address, Part II

On 27 January 1838, notable local lawyer Abraham Lincoln addressed the Young Men’s Lyceum in…

Today In History: Crystal Eastman Points the Way Towards the ERA

100 years ago today, on December 1, 1920 Crystal Eastman--a leader in the National Woman's…

Saturday Webinar: The Grimke Sisters

The first in our "Remember the Ladies" webinar series for the Spring Semester of 2021,…

Truman’s Thankgiving Proclamation: “Liberty knows no race, creed, or class”

As every school child knows, the American tradition of Thanksgiving as a day of prayer…

On Horse-racing, Bank Runs, and Economic Collapse: What Caused the Great Depression

My favorite movie is Seabiscuit, the story of one broken horse and two broken men…

Preserving the Common Ground of American Citizenship: Jefferson’s First Inaugural, Part 2

Jefferson’s First Inaugural succeeded in its work of reconciliation, as the responses to it from…

What To Expect at a TAH Seminar

Teaching American History is best known for its impressive database of primary sources, all of…

Preserving the Common Ground of American Citizenship: Jefferson’s First Inaugural

The story of the election of 1800 is often told, because for those who cherish…

NARA Releases Newly Digitized Documents Related to Native American History

Teaching Native American history with documents presents several challenges to the historian: problems of perspective…

Special Webinar: Reform and the Pulpit – The Role of the Church in the Post-WW2 Civil Rights Movement

TAH.org has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to present two special webinars about the…

Documents in Detail: John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Address

  Our last DiD webinar for 2020, which aired live on 16 DEC 2020 at…

Equality for Whom: Revolutionary Considerations of Citizenship and Self-Government

In 2018, my wife and I attended a One Day University event in Charlotte, NC,…

Special Webinar: Reform and the Pulpit – Abolition and the American Church

 TAH.org has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to present two special webinars about…

Electing the US President: What Happens Between Election Day and the Final Announcement of the Results?

Many predicted a complicated national election in 2020, in large part due to the circumstances…

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Saturday Webinar: Did the New Deal End the Great Depression?

Youtube archive coming soon The was the final episode in our "Enduring American Questions" webinar…

Understanding the Immigrant Experience Through History and Literature

Pam Cummings, 2018 Madison Fellow for Arkansas and a student in the Master of Arts…

Did American Imperialism Threaten American Values?

Today we continue our exploration of Teaching American History’s two-volume document collection, Documents and Debates in…

In Their Words — Interviews With Teachers On the Power of Primary Documents

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new podcast featuring our teacher partners—dedicated professionals,…

Documents in Detail: Thomas Jefferson’s Letters to John Holmes and Henry Lee

 Our Documents in Detail episode for Wednesday 18 November 2020 will focus on two…

Flannery O’Connor’s Vision of the Modern South

Our Core Document Collection on the role of women in American religion includes an essay…

2020’s Complicated Election Process

During this pandemic year, far more voters than ever before are expected to use mail-in…

1774: The Year Between Resistance and Rebellion

Today we continue our exploration of Teaching American History's two-volume document collection, Documents and Debates…
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