Resources for Teaching Online: Webinars on Political Principles and Problems

BySarah Morgan Smith
On April 2, 2020

Born of ideas and ideals, the American system of government was, and still is, unique in the world for a variety of reasons. This collection of content-rich resources will help you and your students to explore  the fundamentals of our system of politics, government, and law.

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.

If you’d like to learn from other members of the Teaching American History community of practice about how they have used our webinars in their online classrooms (or share your own ideas!), we invite you to connect with us on Facebook.

Below is a list of webinars on topics related to America’s Political Principles from our archivesThese 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. 

  1. Documents in Detail: Declaration of Independence
  2. Documents in Detail: Lincoln’s Fragment on the Constitution and Union
  3. Reflection and Choice versus Accident and Force: The Making of the Constitution
  4. Making a Constitutional Republic
  5. American Controversies: Has America Progressed Beyond its Founding Principles?
  6. Documents in Detail: Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787
  7. Great American Debates: Federalists vs. Antifederalists
  8. Documents in Detail: Federalist 1
  9. Documents in Detail: Bill of Rights
  10. Documents in Detail: Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to Roger Weightman

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


Saturday Webinar: Ralph Ellison

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