Teaching America’s Founding

How do you make a country from scratch? Leaders during the American Founding, the  period…

The Declaration of Independence: Full Reading

TAH.org is doing a trial run of making recorded readings of essential original documents available…

Teaching the Civil War and Reconstruction

The country was divided. A “nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that…

Fourth Volume of Core Documents Collections – World War II Now Available!

The fourth volume of the American History and Government Core Documents Collections – World War…

Third Volume of Core Documents Collections – The Constitutional Convention OUT NOW!

The third volume of the American History and Government Core Documents Collections – the Constitutional…

Find Free Resources for Your American History Classroom!

If you’re like most teachers, you can’t help but put your students first. In fact,…

New Resource: First Volume of Core Documents Collection Now Available!

TeachingAmericanHistory.org is excited to share another resource for American history,  government, civics, and social studies…

Third Annual Roots of Liberty Essay Contest!

TAH.org is once again pleased to support the third annual Roots of Liberty National Essay…

Philadelphia Travel Resource

Are you planning on visiting historic Philadelphia, either yourself or with students? Our

Documents in Detail Webinar Archives

TAH.org has completed the pilot season of

New Resource on TAH.org

Incorporating the Federalist Papers into American Government and American History courses is both important and…

Second Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest is Underway!

TAH.org is once again excited to support the Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest. This…

New TAH.org Site Feature: Enhanced Sitewide Search

TeachingAmericanHistory.org has a new feature: a simple, enhanced search tool embedded on every page of…

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Liberty vs. Freedom

Historian David Hackett Fischer discusses the related, yet distinct concepts of liberty and freedom in this…

Plessy v. Ferguson: May 18th, 1896

Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the doctrine of "equal, but separate" was affirmed by the…

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…

Presidential Academy: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Modern America

TeachingAmericanHistory.org is proud to offer the third and final part of our Presidential Academy documents-based…

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…

Presidential Academy: The Gettysburg Address and the Civil War

TeachingAmericanHistory.org is proud to offer the second part of our Presidential Academy documents-based survey course…

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…

Religious Liberty and the American Founding Webinar

A Discussion Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of Washington's Letter to the Hebrew Congregation George Washington’s…

The 15th Amendment: Providing the Vote

On 21 July, NCSS and TAH.org hosted the last of three episodes in their joint…

Session 2: The American Mind, Part 1

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