Resources for Teaching Online: Foreign Affairs Webinars

BySarah Morgan Smith
On March 25, 2020

Now, perhaps more than ever, we see that the global community is surprisingly small. Americans have always looked beyond their own borders, participating in a global network of trade, diplomacy, and intellectual exchanges. Yet from the Founders advised Americans to steer clear of foreign quarrels. The tension between these two tendencies has been a constant source of discussion and debate in American history. Revisit the questions of American’s place in the world with your students through these content-rich resources from our seven years of archived webinars.

Our webinars are a conversation about critical questions between two scholars and a moderator, with questions from the live audience. The discussion is rooted in a set of primary documents published on this site in advance of each program. Many teachers around the country have used these to provide historical background students can access at home. They’ve used these webinars in “flipped” classroom formats and to help students who missed lessons due to absence.

These can be accessed without any form of registration. Each link gives you access to the documents discussed during the webinar, a video of the webinar on our YouTube channel, and our podcast archive of each episode. 

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  1. America’s Role in the World
  2. American Controversies: Do American Principles Require American Interventionism?
  3. Great American Debates: Imperialists vs, Non-Interventionists
  4. Documents in Detail: George Washington’s Farewell Address
  5. Documents in Detail: The Monroe Doctrine
  6. Moments of Crisis: Sinking of the USS Maine
  7. Documents in Detail: TR’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
  8. Documents in Detail: Wilson’s 14 Points Message
  9. Moments of Crisis: Attack on Pearl Harbor
  10. Documents in Detail: The Long Telegram
  11. Moments of Crisis: Cuban Missile Crisis
  12. Moments of Crisis: Iran Hostage Crisis

If you’d like to be part of the conversation at our next live webinars, please join us on 25 MAR 2020 to discuss the Progressive Party Platform of 1912 or on 4 APR 2020 to explore the truth and legend of Douglas MacArthur, perhaps America’s most consequential 20th Century military leader.


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