LBJ’s Birthday: 27 August

27 August of 2017 marks the 109th birthday of Lyndon Baynes Johnson, our 34th president.…

Session 30 pt2: The Reagan Era and the New Deal Legacy; George W. Bush’s Founding Faith

Focus Reagan seemed to campaign against Roosevelt's legacy, but delighted in pointing out that he…

Session 30 pt1: Martin Luther King, Jr; Malcolm X

Focus Does King's proposal for a "Bill of Rights for the Disadvantaged" indicate a shift…

Session 29: Brown v. Board of Education; Martin Luther King, Jr., Non-Violent Resistance, and the American Dream

Focus In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court briefly traces the history of public…

Session 28: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

Focus What role did Thurgood Marshall play in the Civil Rights Movement? What was his…

Session 27: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Democratic Leadership

Focus The political and constitutional legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt is impressive. What was his…

Session 26: The Progressive Reform and Self-Government

Focus The Progressives fought for reform at the turn of the century. What principled form…

Session 25: Booker T. Washington; W.E.B. Du Bois

Focus What did Washington believe were the most urgent priorities for blacks at the close…

Session 24: The Modern Era Confronts the American Founding

Focus What did the American founding and Civil War look like to politicians and public…

Session 23: Frederick Douglass – Reconstruction and the Future of Black Americans

Focus How did Douglass answer the question, "What Country Have I?" What was his critique…

Session 22: “A New Birth of Freedom” and Lincoln’s Re-Election

Focus Why does Lincoln call "all men are created equal" a "proposition" instead of a…

Session 21: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Focus The Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave under the authority of the…

Session 20: Lincoln and Civil Liberties

Focus Lincoln claimed to be fighting a war that would lead to "a new birth…

Session 19: Lincoln’s Election, Secession, and the Civil War

Focus As Lincoln recounts the early history of the federal government, what authority did it…

Session 18: The Rights and Wrongs of Secession

Focus What reasons did Southern secession commissioners give for seceding from the Union? What reasons…

Session 17: The Causes of the Civil War

Focus Why did the South secede? Why did secession lead to war? For a half…

Session 16: Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Focus Contrast Lincoln's understanding of the relation between public opinion and political rule with that…

Session 15: Lincoln Confronts Stephen Douglas’s Popular Sovereignty

Focus What does Stephen Douglas mean by "popular sovereignty"? Why does Lincoln view the Kansas-Nebraska…

Session 14: Abolitionism and Constitutional Self-Government

Focus According to Garrison, what is wrong with gradual abolition of slavery? Does he think…

Session 13: The Rule of Law, Slavery, and the Future of Self-Government

Focus What is "reverence for the laws" and why does Lincoln think it is so…

Session 12: Lincoln and 21st-Century America

Focus In the face of modern-day critics from both the Right and the Left, does…

Session 11: The Federalist Papers – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

Focus What qualities did Publius expect or take for granted in the American people who…

Session 10: The Federalist Papers – The Sum of Power and the Separation of Powers

Focus What is "delicate" about the two questions raised at the end ofFederalist 43? "The time…

Session 9: The Proposed Constitution of 1787 and Its Defense in The Federalist Papers

Focus   What is the structure of the argument of The Federalist? What improvements in "the…

Session 8: The Constitution and American Self-Government

Focus How does the Constitution work? How do constitutional means produce constitutional ends? How do…

Session 7: The Constitutional Convention pt3 – The Committee of Detail Report and the Close of the Convention

Focus Who was elected to the Committee of Detail and what has been their position…

Session 6: The Constitutional Convention pt2 – The Connecticut Compromise

Focus What accounts for the persistence of the New Jersey Plan supporters despite their defeat…

Session 5: The Constitutional Convention, pt1 – The Alternative Plans

Focus Of what significance were the rules adopted by the Convention? In what respects did…

Session 4: The Revolutionary Era

Focus How did the American colonists define liberty and freedom as they sought to secure…

Session 3: The American Mind, Part 2

Focus The political logic of the argument of the Declaration, continued: Further reflections on the…

Session 2: The American Mind, Part 1

Focus Thomas Jefferson wrote that in drafting the Declaration of Independence he meant to give…

Session 1: Intro and the “Apple of Gold”: – The Centrality of the Declaration of Independence in American Political Life

Focus Why is it important to understand the Declaration of Independence? What does the Declaration…

Presidential Academy: The Declaration of Independence and the American Founding

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Presidential Academy: A full course in American History

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