RSQs and the Yellow Kid

Rusty Eder, who teaches American history and government at West Nottingham Academy in Maryland, prompts…

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Niagara Movement

A reconstruction of a conversation from late January 2002, my classroom, 2nd period AP US…

Was John Brown a Terrorist?

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

The Progressive Challenge to the Founders’ Principles

An Interview with Jason Jividen This month we are featuring our core document collection Populists…

“Peculiar Recognitions:” Unexplainable Events on the Fourth of July

The Civil War had been raging for over two years when Abraham Lincoln began speaking…

Meet Our Teachers: Christina Cote

“I know my students pretty well by the time they are seniors,” says Christina Cote.…

Executive Order 8802: 80 Years Later

This June 25 marks the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 8802,…

A War Among Women?

On October 7, 1983, I boarded a flight at Chicago's O'Hare airport bound for Washington…

Mapp v. Ohio: 60 Years Later

Mapp v. Ohio 367 U.S. 643 (1961)  On May 23, 1957, police officers came to…

The Bear Flag Republic: 175th Anniversary

On June 14, 1846, 175 years ago, north of a small mission town called San…

Summer Reading Ideas

We asked our faculty what books they are reading during the more relaxed months of…

Was James K Polk a Great President? Considering the War with Mexico

In 1982, country music legend Merle Haggard performed for President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy…

West Virginia Achieves Statehood: June 20th, 1863

Over the past three years, I have grown a dual enrollment West Virginia History class…

The West and the Promise of Equal Opportunity

Your coeditor for this volume, Patrick J. Garrity, passed away less than a year after…

The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

On June 1, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a war zone. Just before dawn, a loud whistle…

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,…

The Freedom Summer of 1964

For the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the trip north to Oxford,…

Emergency Quota Act of 1921: 100 Years Later

May 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, the first…

The Mexican-American War: 175 Years Later

175 Years Ago Today: Congress Declares War on Mexico, Invoking Manifest Destiny and Destabilizing the…

Secession in Arkansas and Tennessee

In the upper South, during the secession crisis of early 1861, the circumstances of Missouri,…

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,…
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