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…

Role-Playing the Progressives of 1912: John Moser’s new Reacting to the Past Game

Professor John Moser is well known in the MAHG program for using carefully designed role-playing…

120 years of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”

A poem that went on to be adopted as the “black national anthem” – “Lift…

Inspired by George Washington, Teacher Brings Naturalization Ceremony to his High School

“We are a nation of immigrants,” says Sean Brennan, who teaches US government at Brecksville-Broadview…

Talking Across the Generations About History

“The vision of the founding fathers—and of all the other extraordinary people who carried our…

Lonely Dissenter: Jane Addams Reflects on her Peace-making Efforts During World War I

In her essay “Personal Reactions In Time of War,” Jane Addams describes her experience as…

The League of Nations Begins, the United States Abstaining

One hundred years ago this month, forty-one nations became founding members of the League of…

Stunning End to Cold War: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This momentous…

Does the Presidency Function as the Founders Intended?

[caption id="attachment_36053" align="alignleft" width="307"] Professor Stephen F. Knott[/caption] In his new study of the presidency,…

As the SCOTUS Term Begins: Teaching What Free Speech Means

The first Monday in October traditionally opens the Supreme Court’s yearly term. To mark this…

Junípero Serra, Gaspar de Portolá, and the Spanish Conquest of California

Father Junípero Serra (1713–1784) founded the first Catholic “mission” in what is now present-day California…

For Constitution Day: Teaching the Blessings of Liberty

We rely on teachers of American history, government and civics to do the most critical…

African Americans Resist the Racial Violence of 1919: An Interview with David Krugler

A century ago, in the wake of a rapid demobilization of soldiers returning from World…

Did You Know…? Memorial Day

Did you know that the origins of this weekend's holiday honoring America's servicemen and women…

NCSS – Sign Up for TAH.org Resource & Program Updates

Join us at NCSS this weekend in San Francisco - register with TAH to receive…

Pennsylvania Teacher Testifies to Benjamin Franklin’s Wonderful Life

Talk with teachers participating in TAH.org's programs, and you learn that many have cultivated a deep…

A Conversation with Historian Charles Dew

Charles Dew, author of Apostles of Disunion, published this month The Making of Racist: A Southerner Reflects…