Ratification: The Great Debate, State by State

The 2020–21 school year is the most difficult year of teaching in decades. Only the…

Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: Good Winners and Bad Losers

When Lincoln became president on March 4, 1861, white citizens of seven slaveholding states no…

A War Among Women?

On October 7, 1983, I boarded a flight at Chicago's O'Hare airport bound for Washington…

Mapp v. Ohio: 60 Years Later

Mapp v. Ohio 367 U.S. 643 (1961)  On May 23, 1957, police officers came to…

The Bear Flag Republic: 175th Anniversary

On June 14, 1846, 175 years ago, north of a small mission town called San…

Summer Reading Ideas

We asked our faculty what books they are reading during the more relaxed months of…

Was James K Polk a Great President? Considering the War with Mexico

In 1982, country music legend Merle Haggard performed for President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy…

West Virginia Achieves Statehood: June 20th, 1863

Over the past three years, I have grown a dual enrollment West Virginia History class…

The West and the Promise of Equal Opportunity

Your coeditor for this volume, Patrick J. Garrity, passed away less than a year after…

The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

On June 1, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a war zone. Just before dawn, a loud whistle…

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Vindication of Human Dignity

When I was a small child in the late 1950s, my family moved from Greensboro,…

The Freedom Summer of 1964

For the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the trip north to Oxford,…

Emergency Quota Act of 1921: 100 Years Later

May 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, the first…

The Mexican-American War: 175 Years Later

175 Years Ago Today: Congress Declares War on Mexico, Invoking Manifest Destiny and Destabilizing the…

Documents in Detail: Frederick Douglass’ Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln

Access the podcast here. Our final Documents in Detail episode for the 2020-21 school year,…

The Peculiar Institution vs. The Word Fitly Spoken

Early one school year, I asked my Advanced Placement U.S. History students what questions they…

Secession in Arkansas and Tennessee

In the upper South, during the secession crisis of early 1861, the circumstances of Missouri,…

How to spend a MAHG weekend? – Visit Kent State

Ashland University's Masters in American History and Government has announced that its graduate programs will…

The Story of the Constitutional Convention: as James Madison Wanted It Told

Americans seeking to understand how the founders developed our Constitutional framework of government have faced…

When Will I Be Blown Up? Balancing Security and Civil Liberties in the Cold War

In accepting the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, William Faulkner said: "problems of the…

What’s Your Favorite American History Story?

Do you have a favorite American history story? One that seems too good to be…

The Case that Defined the School Desegregation Remedy

When people think of desegregation remedies, busing is likely the first thing to come to…

Teaching Lincoln’s Decision-Making

Today is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death. Instead of a story about Lincoln, we're…

Documents and Debates: The Nullification Crisis

High above the football stadium at Clemson University sits Fort Hill, the stately antebellum home…

Documents in Detail: Lincoln’s Resolution Submitting the 13th Amendment to the States

Access the podcast here Our April episode of Documents in Detail, focused on Abraham Lincoln's…

Documents in Detail: Frederick Douglass’ Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln

Our final Documents in Detail webinar for the 2020-21 school year, and the last in…

The Civil Rights Act of 1866: A First Attempt to Protect the Rights of African Americans

Today we are pleased to feature a post by Stacy Moses, a teacher at Sandia…

Slavery and Its Consequences—A New Core Document Collection

Slavery and its Consequences was recently released in Teaching American History’s Core Document Collection. We…

Remembered as a Rebel, Instead of a Scientist

Beginning on April 12th, 1861, Confederate guns around Charleston Harbor opened fire on Ft. Sumter,…

Saturday Webinar: Sandra Day O’Connor

Access the podcast here. Our final 'Remember the Ladies' webinar for Spring 2021, focusing on…

Wilson’s War Message

President Woodrow Wilson, on April 2nd, 1917, spoke before a special joint session of Congress,…

Friendships Begun in MAHG Lead to Classroom Collaboration

Teachers attending Teaching American History programs find new colleagues—educators who may live far away, yet…

110 Years Ago Today: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, A Disaster that Inspired Lasting Reforms

At approximately 4:40 pm on Saturday, March 25, 1911, the eighth floor of the Asch…

Containment and the Truman Doctrine: Documents and Debates

Like many youngsters interested in history, I read only books about presidents and generals as…

Documents in Detail: 13th Amendment Resolution

Join us on 21 April 2021 at 7pm ET for our discussion of the resolution…

John Brown’s Legacy: From Kansas to the Classroom

I have a confession to make. In my years teaching American history, I did an…

Historical Reads: Patton’s Third Army Crosses the Rhine

On March 22nd, 1945, elements of the United States' Third Army, under the command of…

Saturday Webinar: Fannie Lou Hamer

 Our April Saturday Webinar was about 20th Century American social and political activist and…

The Market Revolution and (The Myth of?) Free Labor

What historical sites are on your bucket list? Fortunately, I have visited several of mine…

Special Podcast: Core Documents Editors’ Roundtable

TAH has published almost 20 Core Documents collections over the last few years - all…

Women’s Voices Collection Documents the Visionary Work of Women

Today we feature a conversation with Sarah Morgan Smith, Teaching American History’s Director of Faculty…

Documents in Detail: Final Emancipation Proclamation

 Our Documents in Detail webinar for  17 March 2021 focused on Abraham Lincoln's Final…

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…

Documents and Debates: The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis slipped away from its moorings on Mare Island,…

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…
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