Historical Reads: Patton’s Third Army Crosses the Rhine

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

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…

The New Deal: Social Security

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

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…

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,…

Flannery O’Connor’s Vision of the Modern South

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

The Diminished Yet Necessary Role of Political Parties

With attention now turning to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, we offer today an…

Chapter 3 Documents and Debates: Labor, Servitude and Slavery

Today's post is the latest in a series of articles highlighting the print and audio…

Let Us Have Peace: Reconstructing the West, Grant’s Peace Policy

On May 29, 1868, General Ulysses S Grant accepted the Republican nomination for president in…

What John Lewis taught me about forgiveness

The tributes to Congressman John Lewis have flooded the airwaves and filled the newspapers since…

Committed to War: The First Battle of Bull Run

Although Union and Confederate forces had traded shots in some small skirmishes after Abraham Lincoln's…

Under Construction: Merchants and Morality in Colonial Massachusetts

Almost every American can close their eyes and picture the scene. A small ship arrives…

Documents and Debates: Reconstructing the South

South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union when a convention in…

A Perspective on the Battle of Bunker Hill

On June 13th, 1775, American troops around Boston learned of a British plan to occupy…

On the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education II: Implementing a Sweeping Change

This year’s high school seniors understandably feel cheated by the cancellation of graduation ceremonies and…

Federalism and Pandemics: A National Teachable Moment

“Emergencies are crucibles that contain and reveal the daily, slower burning problems of medicine and…

245th Anniversary of Lexington and Concord

The story is one of the most familiar in American history. Though shrouded in myth,…

Surviving—and Thriving in—the Summer Residential Program of MAHG

Did you know? Teaching American History, a project of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University,…

Historical Reads: The Battle of Midway

I am interested in a variety of topics and eras in history, although I am…

Debacle at Fredericksburg, December, 1862

  Riding something of a wave of optimism after the mixed victory at Antietam, Union…

The Attack on Pearl Harbor in Two Documents

December 7th, 1941, marked the forced entry of the United States into World War II.…

A Valley Forge Week-End Wrap Up

Most professional development takes place inside schools and school district offices, and good teachers glean…

400th Anniversary of Landing of African Slaves at Jamestown

In late August 1619, John Rolfe tells us that the first enslaved Africans arrived in…

Implementing Brown v. Board of Education: One Southern Town’s Story Part II: Teenaged Integration Pioneers Endure a Lonely Spotlight

Continuing our blog series on the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, last…

Implementing Brown v. Board of Education: One Southern Town’s Story

Editor’s Note: Earlier this spring as the TAH editorial team was preparing for our essay commemorating…

Foreshadowing Brown: How a South Carolina Case Influenced the Supreme Court’s School Desegregation Ruling

As teachers, we know students become more interested in historical events if you can establish…

D-Day: What if it had failed?

General Dwight Eisenhower was the most powerful man in the world in early June, 1944,…

Religion and Rhetoric in Times of War: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Religious Rhetoric at the Front Among other equipment for battle on D-Day, the invading troops…