Was John Brown a Terrorist?

John Copeland and Lewis Leary were the last two men to join John Brown's small…

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Vindication of Human Dignity

When I was a small child in the late 1950s, my family moved from Greensboro,…

When Will I Be Blown Up? Balancing Security and Civil Liberties in the Cold War

In accepting the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, William Faulkner said: "problems of the…

Documents and Debates: The Nullification Crisis

High above the football stadium at Clemson University sits Fort Hill, the stately antebellum home…

Containment and the Truman Doctrine: Documents and Debates

Like many youngsters interested in history, I read only books about presidents and generals as…

John Brown’s Legacy: From Kansas to the Classroom

I have a confession to make. In my years teaching American history, I did an…

The Market Revolution and (The Myth of?) Free Labor

What historical sites are on your bucket list? Fortunately, I have visited several of mine…

Documents and Debates: The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis slipped away from its moorings on Mare Island,…

The Hartford Convention: Secession or Reform?

Rumors were swirling throughout New England. What were the delegates, gathered in secret, doing? Were…

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…

No Less Than a Miracle

Writing this series of posts about Teaching American History’s Core Document Collection: Documents and Debates…

On Horse-racing, Bank Runs, and Economic Collapse: What Caused the Great Depression

My favorite movie is Seabiscuit, the story of one broken horse and two broken men…

NARA Releases Newly Digitized Documents Related to Native American History

Teaching Native American history with documents presents several challenges to the historian: problems of perspective…

Equality for Whom: Revolutionary Considerations of Citizenship and Self-Government

In 2018, my wife and I attended a One Day University event in Charlotte, NC,…

Justice Denied: The Eugenics Crusade

Today we continue our exploration of Teaching American History's two-volume document collection, Documents and Debates…

Experimenting with Freedom of Conscience

Today we continue our exploration of Teaching American History's two-volume document collection, Documents and Debates…

Documenting Labor in American History

This weekend, Americans will enjoy an extra day off as the nation observes Labor Day.…

Big Trouble in a Company Town: The Pullman Strike

Today we continue our exploration of Teaching American History’s two-volume document collection, Documents and Debates…

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…

Under Construction: Merchants and Morality in Colonial Massachusetts

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

SNEAK PEEK @ The American Revolution: Core Documents

On July 4, 2020, The American Revolution—the latest volume in Ashbrook’s Core Document Collections—will be…

Documents and Debates: Reconstructing the South

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

Until This Day: Juneteenth and the End of Slavery in the United States

The hour was late when Frederick Douglass rose to speak to more than fifty African-American…

Documents and Debates: Chapter 1: Early Contact

Frequent visitors to Teaching American History.org tell us we are their go-to site for primary sources. We…

Presenting U.S. History in the words of those who ARGUED it!

My high school American history students loved class debates. Their parents told me it was…

Federalism and Pandemics: A National Teachable Moment

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

Beyond the Amistad: The antislavery legislative career of John Quincy Adams

On February 21st, 1848 Representative John Quincy Adams rose on the House floor to vote…

Resources for Teaching Online: Webinars on Great Speeches

Speeches, orations, and addresses hold a special and central place in American political culture, and…

Resources for Teaching Online: Webinars on Political Principles and Problems

Born of ideas and ideals, the American system of government was, and still is, unique…

Resources for Teaching Online: Civil Rights Webinars

To truly understand the Civil Rights Movement in America, you have to also study the…

Classroom Resources: Primary Source Readers and Discussion Questions

We have gathered copies of the document packets and discussion questions for several of our…

Resources for Teaching Online: Foreign Affairs Webinars

Now, perhaps more than ever, we see that the global community is surprisingly small. Americans…

Teacher Interview: Transitioning to Different Forms of Online Teaching and Learning

Julia Fuette, 2012 graduate of our MAHG program, took some time to talk with Jeremy…

Planning Online Lessons for Students Working From Home—A Veteran Teacher’s Advice

When the school officials around the country began responding to COVID-19 concerns by proposing extended…

Resources for Teaching Online: Top 10 Archived Webinars

Are you looking for content-rich resources to share with your students in “suddenly-online” courses? Did…

The Long Controversy Over Alger Hiss

When Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury on January 17, 1950, it was, in one…

The Contested Understanding of Religious Liberty In Supreme Court Jurisprudence: An Interview with Ken Masugi

Bill of Rights Day is celebrated on December 15, the anniversary of the day in…

The Attack on Pearl Harbor in Two Documents

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

Core Documents Collection: Causes of the Civil War

Teaching American History's latest Core Documents Collection, Causes of the Civil War explains the political,…

The Constitutional Convention Online Exhibit – A Great Resource for Teachers and Students

In anticipation of Constitution Day (September 17), TAH invites you to take a look through…

The Atomic Bombs in the Context of World War II

On 6 August 1945, the B-29 bomber Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped…

Core Documents Collection: Women’s Voices in Religion in American History and Politics

While women have historically made up an overwhelming percentage of America’s religious practitioners, their roles…

Core American Documents: The Bill of Rights

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

Core American Documents: The Executive Branch

"[The concept of executive power]...in our system of government, which subscribes to the rule of…

Constitution Day Lecture: “The Least Dangerous Branch”

Professor Gordon Lloyd gave the attached address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as part…

Core American Documents: Reconstruction

"Reconstruction is one of these times in American History where you can learn the limits…

Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport: Full Reading

"...to bigotry no sanction..."  After receiving congratulations from people and groups from across America upon…

Teaching America’s Founding

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