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June 2021

One-Day Seminar: Ratification: The South Carolina Story hosted by The South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (Held Online)

June 15 @ 8:55 am - 11:30 am

When the Constitutional Convention ended in September 1787, a widespread period of public debate over the merits of the plan began. This debate took place out of doors – in churches, taverns and newspapers, by both proponents and opponents – and indoors – in state conventions held in each of the 13 states. The new constitution could not take effect until at least nine states ratified the plan - with state delegates casting a single up or down vote. Over…

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One-Day Seminar: An Evening with Frederick Douglass: Blessings of Liberty and Education hosted by Colorado Council for the Social Studies (Held Online)

June 30 @ 6:05 pm - 7:15 pm

The final session of our four-part series, examining Douglass’ 1894 speech in which he expressed his views and arguments related to education for Freedmen, their children, and by extension all Americans. 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). REGISTER HERE

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July 2021

One-Day Seminar: African Americans After WWI hosted by Hamilton County Schools, TN (Held Online)

July 8 @ 12:55 pm - 4:30 pm

In the aftermath of WWI, African-Americans embraced the philosophy of resistance to white supremacy. When racial strife erupted in the streets of cities across the nation, Black veterans and their supporters organized armed resistance and defended their homes, businesses and lives. They fought back against efforts to impose second class citizenship on them after so many had fought for the country. Blacks also resisted in the courts. This seminar will use primary sources to illustrate the multiple challenges African Americans…

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One-Day Seminar: Constitutional Convention hosted by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (Held Online)

July 13 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 pm
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This seminar offers an overview of the debates at the Constitutional Convention. Here we will examine the purposes of the American political order, the defects of the Articles of Confederation, and the debates over the reform of the Confederation government. In our study of these debates, we will attempt to understand the interests and principles that divided the members of the Convention and how they arrived at a compromise that defined the Constitution of 1787. This program will be conducted…

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One-Day Seminar: Sectionalism and the Civil War hosted by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (Held Online)

July 13 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings for this seminar present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with…

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One-Day Seminar: Social Reform Movements 1790-1850 hosted by Rankin County, Mississippi Schools (Held Online)

July 14 @ 8:55 am - 12:30 pm

The Early Republic and Antebellum eras experienced tremendous growth and change in American society. This seminar explores the many movements that rise: abolition, temperance, social reform, women’s rights and the Second Great Awakening. 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 documents in advance and come ready…

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One-Day Seminar: Liberty and Equality In American Politics hosted by Rankin County, Mississippi Schools (Held Online)

July 21 @ 8:55 am - 12:30 pm

Liberty and Equality are powerful words in American discourse. How have they been interpreted throughout American history? Are liberty and equality in tension with each other or are they compatible with each other? This seminar explores three different views in American history and thought about the relationship between liberty and equality. 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…

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One-Day Seminar: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Gilded Age hosted by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (Held Online)

July 22 @ 8:25 am - 12:00 pm
A Gilded Age cartoon depicting monopolists intensely watching the activities of the United States congress. This cartoon depicts the elites as bloated giants, resembling large money bags, almost suggesting that they run congress through financial means.

Great fortunes were made in the late 19th Century and with this growth of industrialism came a desire to expand markets. How did nationalism inform the pro-imperialist arguments of Theodore Roosevelt? Were these arguments consistent with American principles? What were the arguments against imperialism and protectionism? This seminar will analyze these questions and consider the policies of Theodore Roosevelt. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights – Constitution and Law hosted by Cobb County Schools (Held Online)

July 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:10 am

The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path. The original Constitution did not protect the civil and political rights of African Americans. After the Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery, three constitutional amendments were ratified - intending to guarantee freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and the intervention of federal courts before significant progress was achieved. This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by…

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