How to spend a MAHG weekend? – Visit Kent State

Ashland University's Masters in American History and Government has announced that its graduate programs will…

The Story of the Constitutional Convention: as James Madison Wanted It Told

Americans seeking to understand how the founders developed our Constitutional framework of government have faced…

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…

The Civil Rights Act of 1866: A First Attempt to Protect the Rights of African Americans

Today we are pleased to feature a post by Stacy Moses, a teacher at Sandia…

Slavery and Its Consequences—A New Core Document Collection

Slavery and its Consequences was recently released in Teaching American History’s Core Document Collection. We…

110 Years Ago Today: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, A Disaster that Inspired Lasting Reforms

At approximately 4:40 pm on Saturday, March 25, 1911, the eighth floor of the Asch…

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…

Ratification: The Great Debate, State by State

The 2020–21 school year is the most difficult year of teaching in decades. Only the…

Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: Good Winners and Bad Losers

When Lincoln became president on March 4, 1861, white citizens of seven slaveholding states no…

How Second-Generation Immigrants Develop the Skills and Convictions of Citizens

Today we feature Kevin Barney, a graduate of our Master of Arts in American History…

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,…

Springfield Bids Goodbye to President-Elect Abraham Lincoln

Few of us enjoy particular attention on the day before our birthdays. Yet on the…

How History Illuminates Literature, and Literature Deepens History

Why might teachers seeking a Masters’ degree in history and government take time to read…

The New Deal: Social Security

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

The Ox-Bow Incident: Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s Critique of the Western

The American “western,” in the novels of Owen Wister, the stories of Zane Grey, and…

American Independence Begins on Favorable Terms: Continental Congress Ratifies the Treaty of Paris

This day, in a sense, marks the anniversary of the beginning of American independence. While…

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…

Madison and Jefferson Discuss the Bill of Rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known to us as the  Bill of Rights,…

No Less Than a Miracle

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

Timely Ideas: Lincoln’s Lyceum Address, Part II

On 27 January 1838, notable local lawyer Abraham Lincoln addressed the Young Men’s Lyceum in…

Today In History: Crystal Eastman Points the Way Towards the ERA

100 years ago today, on December 1, 1920 Crystal Eastman--a leader in the National Woman's…

Truman’s Thankgiving Proclamation: “Liberty knows no race, creed, or class”

As every school child knows, the American tradition of Thanksgiving as a day of prayer…

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…

Preserving the Common Ground of American Citizenship: Jefferson’s First Inaugural, Part 2

Jefferson’s First Inaugural succeeded in its work of reconciliation, as the responses to it from…

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,…

Electing the US President: What Happens Between Election Day and the Final Announcement of the Results?

Many predicted a complicated national election in 2020, in large part due to the circumstances…

Understanding the Immigrant Experience Through History and Literature

Pam Cummings, 2018 Madison Fellow for Arkansas and a student in the Master of Arts…

2020’s Complicated Election Process

During this pandemic year, far more voters than ever before are expected to use mail-in…

1774: The Year Between Resistance and Rebellion

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

For “Classical Leadership Education,” TAH Document Collections Ground History Study

Miles Mathews teaches 11th grade US history at the John Adams Academy (JAA), a public charter…

The Four Eras of Congress’ Evolution—and Devolution

Professor Joseph Postell has edited a new volume in our Core Document Collection, Congress (now…

September 25, 1789: Congress Proposes a Bill of Rights

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States agreed on a set…

Justice Denied: The Eugenics Crusade

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

For Constitution Day: Gordon Lloyd on James Madison’s Record of the Constitutional Convention

September 17—Constitution Day—commemorates the final day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when the delegates…

Teacher of the Year Takes on New Challenge: the Hybrid, Synchronous Classroom

As the 2020 school year begins in Florida, a months-long pandemic continues, putting new demands…

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…

“The Starting Point” of the Abolitionist Movement: Morgan Godwyn’s Plea to Evangelize Slaves

Frederick Douglass, in one of his last speeches, drew attention to a little-known book published…

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…

Engaging Students in America’s Past and Future

Angus McDougall, a teacher from Hiram, Ohio, enrolled in the Master of Arts in American…

Truths Held in Tension: Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Among speeches denouncing slavery, perhaps the most effective ever delivered is Frederick Douglass’s “What to…

The American Revolution: Professor Robert McDonald’s New Core Document Collection

On July 4, 2020, the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a new volume…

Cholera in 19th Century America: Lessons for the Current Pandemic?

When Rebecca McGinnis chose the recurrent cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century as the focus…

Federalism and Pandemics: A National Teachable Moment

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

Eisenhower in a Time of Crisis

On June 5th, 1944, just one day before D-day’s Normandy landings, General Eisenhower composed a…
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