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August 2021

One-Day Seminar: Fragment On Constitution and Union – A. Lincoln hosted by Knox County, TN School District (Held Online)

August 3 @ 12:55 pm - 2:30 pm

Nestled among the complete speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln are several fragments, or brief notes, that represent Lincoln’s thoughts on a variety of issues. This particular fragment expresses what must have been on Lincoln’s mind as the nation stood on the precipice of Civil War. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore,…

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One-Day Seminar: The Progressive Era hosted by Historic Columbia & South Carolina Council for History Education (Columbia, SC)

August 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage the progressive movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The political and economic landscape had changed fundamentally, and many argued that industrialization, technological innovation, urbanization, big business, and large accumulations of wealth threatened equality of opportunity and the common good. Political corruption only added to the problem. Special interests were said to dominate the political process to the benefit of the few and…

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One-Day Seminar: Madison & Hamilton: Competing Visions hosted by Florida Council for History Education (Held Online)

August 7 @ 8:55 am - 12:30 pm

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were allies as authors of the federalist Papers, and yet their views on how the new government should function and what it should do grew increasingly different, and opposed, as time passed. This program explores their similarities and differences about how the Constitution should be interpreted and implemented, what powers the new government and its officials should wield. Both history and government teachers will find useful documents, questions and ideas in this program. This program…

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One-Day Seminar: Early Reformers in the Labor Movement hosted by Hamilton County, TN Schools (Held Online)

August 9 @ 9:25 am - 11:10 am

The post Civil War industrial era galvanized labor movements and unions. A clash between industry and labor was often met with violent strikes such as Pullman, Homestead and Haymarket Square. This seminar will focus on some of the early reformers such Eugene Debs, Samuel Gompers and their influence on America’s labor history. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Disobedience in American History hosted by TeachingAmericanHistory.org (Held Online)

August 12 @ 3:55 pm - 5:30 pm

This seminar examines the controversial topic of civil disobedience. Here we will consider whether civil disobedience could be an appropriate response to unjust laws in a liberal democracy. By comparing their respective arguments, our aim is to consider whether civil disobedience is compatible with the principles of government as defined by the Declaration of Independence. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation,…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Disobedience in American History hosted by Wilmington/New Hanover County Schools (Wilmington, NC)

August 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the controversial topic of civil disobedience. Here we will consider whether civil disobedience could be an appropriate response to unjust laws in a liberal democracy. We begin by looking at the foundations of government set forth in the writings of John Locke and the Declaration of Independence. Our examination of this topic will then turn to two famous opposing sets of ideas on civil disobedience: 1) Lincoln versus Thoreau and 2) Martin Luther King versus Malcolm X.…

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September 2021

One-Day Seminar: Natural Rights and the Consent of the Governed hosted by Nevada Department of Education (Held Online)

September 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Study one of the core ideas in American history, government, politics and culture, that of natural rights, as expressed and used in documents such as the Declaration of Independence. This session will be based around a small cluster of documents and will consist of a scholar-led discussion. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with a certificate for continuing education and a digital copy of the agenda and document found here. Click here to register.

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One-Day Seminar: Jefferson’s Draft of the Declaration of Independence hosted by TeachingAmericanHistory.org (Held Online)

September 9 @ 3:55 pm - 5:30 pm

This seminar will discuss Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence as proposed to the Continental Congress, in which Jefferson denounced slavery and sought an end to the slave trade as reasons for severing ties with Great Britain. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the…

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One-Day Seminar: TR, Wilson, and the Progressive Reformers hosted by Pepperdine University (Calabasas, CA)

September 10 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

This seminar will examine the ideas, actions, and legacy of key Progressive Era reformers and the ideas and impact of the Progressive Era in general. The program will be based around a selection of primary source readings, provided in advance to all registrants, and will be conducted seminar-style, with all attendees taking part in the discussion. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies of the agenda…

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