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December 2019

One-Day Seminar: Documents & Debates – Urban Growth and the Pullman Strike, hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

December 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

The 1894 Pullman Strike was a turning point in American labor law, and heralded a permanent change in the relations between workers and management in the private sector, as well as helping to usher in what would become a new era in government regulation of labor and business. Taken alongside the era's historic immigration and rapid urbanization, it is a perfect viewpoint on the times and the issues that helped to define them. Explore these questions through a set of…

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the American Idea hosted by KEDC (Ashland, KY)

December 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar offers an overview of the background principles and ideas that inform the American idea and the documents that embody them. These principles and ideas will be illustrated through a close study of the texts that serve as a precursor to the American Revolution and the founding of America. Registration opens at 9:00 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: The American Revolution hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

December 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar, led by Robert McDonald of the United States Military Academy at West Point, will discuss readings that shed light on the political developments in North America and the British Empire that gave rise to arguments for and against independence and culminated in the Declaration of Independence. Other readings will illuminate the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state, and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.…

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One-Day Seminar: Competing Visions – Madison and Hamilton hosted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (Valley Forge, PA)

December 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 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, and how these positions shaped the early party system and have, in fact, impacted American political…

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One-Day Seminar: Missouri, Dred Scott, and the Coming of the Civil War, hosted by Canyons School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Louis Schultze. Dred Scott, 1888. Public domain, from the Missouri Historical Society. Of the many direct and contributing causes of the Civil War, two stand near the top of the list that brought slavery - the most essential cause - to the forefront of American politics, life, and debate. Dig deeply into how Missouri statehood and the infamous Dred Scott court case did so much to set the stage for the political fracturing that took place in the late 1850s and…

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George Washington and the American Founding

December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - December 15, 2019 @ 12:15 pm

Uncover the deeds and legacy of George Washington at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge near the beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park.

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James Madison and the American Founding

December 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - December 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Virginia United States

Teaching American History is proud to continue offering multi-day colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history and government to explore the themes of liberty and responsibility throughout America’s history and constitutional tradition. The program will be held at the James Madison’s Montpelier in beautiful Orange, Virginia. Participants must plan to arrive before 6:30pm on Friday, December 13; departure will be after 12:00pm on Sunday, December 15. Participation is based on a competitive application process…

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January 2020

Hoover’s Rugged Individualism and FDR’s Forgotten Man

January 3 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

National Portrait Gallery, S/NPG.78.158. The Hoover-Roosevelt debate of the 1930s shaped American political, economic, and moral conversations into the twenty first century in a very powerful way. The themes of liberty vs. security, freedom vs. regulation, representative democracy over against the administrative state and an independent judiciary, so important and visionary then are still the fundamental questions in a world of terrorism, globalization, and uncertainty.  Access digital copies of program materials here after mid-November 2019. REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Détente and The Later Cold War, hosted by Desoto County School District (Hernando, MS)

January 3 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar will focus on the later Cold War years during the presidencies of Nixon, Carter, and Reagan. Their approach to Détente, foreign relations with the Soviet Union, China and the ending of the Vietnam War. Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. Access digital copies of the program materials here after early December. Click here to register.  

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