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August 2019

One Day Seminar: The Presidency of George Washington, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

August 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across Missouri at the first Seminar in a partner series between TAH and the Missouri Humanities Council. This Seminar will focus on the presidency of George Washington, and how our first president established the office, dealt with challenges of governance and growing political parties, and set precedents that have lasted into our times. Lunch will be provided; a certificate for continuing education will be provided to all who attend; and a printed copy of the documents reader…

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Documents and Debates Seminar: A War for Union or Abolition? hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

August 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

States' rights or slavery? Preservation of the Union or abolition? The debate over the 'true' causes of the Civil War is still alive among historians and many Americans. A Documents and Debates Seminar consists of two sessions of background study, rooted in original sources, and a final session drawn from one of our two Documents and Debates collections, through which teachers can re-engage in the debates had in this tumultuous period of American History. All registrants will be provided with a paper…

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September 2019

One-Day Seminar: The Founding and Electoral College, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

September 6 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about how the Founders sought to formalize their ideas of limited government, a new vision of federalism, and balance between democratic and republican ideals, all while seeking compromise and consensus between a diverse collection of geographic, economic, and ideological factions and viewpoints. This Seminar will consist of three discussion sessions based entirely in primary documents, facilitated by a university scholar. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of the reader, a certificate for continuing education hours,…

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One-Day Seminar: Documents and Debates – The Mexican-American War, hosted by Hays CISD (Austin area)

September 10 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join Texas teachers to study the causes of and context around the Mexican-American War, with a special focus on the debates that took place between expansion-minded Democrats and their political opponents over President Polk's justification for war - opponents that included first-term member of the House, Abraham Lincoln. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, as well as both digital and physical copies of the readings. Access digital copies of program materials here after late July 2019.…

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One-Day Seminar: Documents & Debates – Revolution, Citizenship, and Self-Government, hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

  What did Americans of the Revolutionary Era see as the purpose of government, and its proper role in the life of the individual? How did they define and understand citizenship and its rights and responsibilities? And how did these beliefs leads to the decision to split with England, and form a new government? Explore these questions through a set of documents and questions that will together frame the issue as the debate it was at the time. Download volume…

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One-Day Seminar: The American Revolution (Edmond, OK – OKC area)

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join teachers from across Oklahoma for an in-depth study of the American Revolution - the social, political, economic, and military split from England that secured American independence. Dr. Rob McDonald, of the United States Military Academy, and editor of TAH's upcoming American Revolution Core Documents Collection will be the Discussion Leader for this Seminar. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, and a physical copy of the American Revolution documents volume will be sent to those who…

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One-Day Seminar: Religion and Reform – Three Episodes in American History, hosted by Valor Christian High School (Denver area, CO)

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join Colorado teachers for this thematic study of how religion has often driven social and political reform movements in America, from the Founding era through mid-20th Century. This free program is open to all area teachers, lunch will be provided, as well as a certificate for continuing education. Access digital copies of program materials here after early August. All registrants will be sent physical copies of the reader and agenda in early September. REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Presidents and Political Parties (Colorado Springs, CO)

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties, yet parties began to form shortly after its ratification.  Today, it is hard to see how American democracy would work without them.  At the same time, parties formed as decentralized political associations that engaged the attention of ordinary citizens and held presidents accountable to local constituencies.  But as the power of the presidency (and the federal government) grew, parties shifted their attention from building political support in the states and localities…

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October 2019

One-Day Seminar: Religious Liberty, hosted by Alpine School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

October 4 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Discuss the ways religious ideas and the pursuit of religious liberty shaped American views on society and self, inspiring expansion and settlement, and forming the foundation of reform movements from the colonial era through the 20th century. Download digital copies of program materials here beginning in early September. Lunch will be provided. REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Congress and Relations with the Executive Branch, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

October 18 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about the evolution of Congressional-Executive relations in this documents-based Seminar, hosted by the USS Midway Museum. The documents reader will consist of three case studies of documents, each exploring a different era in our history, and how the connection between the two political branches of the federal government have worked in sync and at odds over time. All teachers will be provided with digital and physical copies of the agenda and reader, as well as lunch and a certificate…

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One-Day Seminar: Congress and the Evolution of Legislative Power (Colorado Springs, CO)

October 24 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Unofficial seal of the United States Congress. Public domain. This Seminar will focus on the institution of Congress: its powers, the evolution, expansion, and sometime-reinterpretation of its role in American politics and public life. Perfect for Government teachers, this program is also well-suited to American History teachers, as the documents included in the reader and considered during the program form a series of case studies of Congressional activity throughout American history. All registrants will be provided with a paper copy…

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One Day Seminar: Documents and Debates – the Constitutional Ratification Debate, hosted by Canyons School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

October 25 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join teachers from the Salt Lake City area to dive deeply into the ideas and positions held during the intense debate over the ratification of the Constitution, 1787-1788. This three-part program will begin with two sessions to establish historical context, and a final session during which documents representing the essential ideas and terms of the debate - by those who waged it - will be under consideration. TAH's 'Documents and Debates' seminars enable teachers to relive critical debates in American…

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Documents and Debates Seminar: Reconstructing the South, hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

October 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Take a deep dive into the debate that shaped Reconstruction after the Civil War, using a collection of documents that represent the major issues, parties, and positions from the times. A Documents and Debates Seminar consists of two sessions of background study, rooted in original sources, and a final session drawn from one of our two Documents and Debates collections, through which teachers can re-engage in the debates had in this tumultuous period of American History. All registrants will be…

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November 2019

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases of the 20th Century, hosted by OK CSS (Norman, OK)

November 1 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

  Study a selection of essential Supreme Court cases from the 20th Century at this documents-based seminar with teachers from across Oklahoma. Cases will touch on issues related to civil rights, civil liberties, and the rights of the accused. This program will provide history and government teachers with detailed information about these cases, helping to add depth to the study of the impact of USSC decisions on American law, politics, and life during the 20th Century. Lunch and a certificate…

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One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases of the 20th Century, hosted Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (OK City area, OK)

November 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Study a selection of essential 20th Century Supreme Court cases through original documents, deeply exploring the historical, legal, and social context around each case and decision, as well its enduring impact on American public life and law. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, as well as paper copies of program materials for all registrants. Access digital copies of the program materials here after early October.

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One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, hosted by ThunderRidge High School (Denver area, CO)

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Study a selection of essential Supreme Court cases through original documents, deeply exploring the historical, legal, and social context around each case and decision, as well its enduring impact on American public life and law. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, as well as paper copies of program materials for all registrants. Access digital copies of the program materials here after early October. REGISTER HERE

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One Day Seminar: Andrew Jackson, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thomas Sullly. Andrew Jackson. 1824. Public Domain Andrew Jackson was both wildly loved and soundly vilified during his lifetime. Join us as we investigate his character, statesmanship and legacy. The second in the TAH/MO Humanities "American Presidents" Seminar series, this one-day program will build your knowledge about Jackson and his age through Socratic discussion and primary documents. This program is free to teachers; lunch is included; and a certificate for continuing education will be provided. Agenda and reader will be…

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One-Day Seminar: The Politics of the Roaring 20s, hosted by Hays CISD (Austin area)

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

  Study the politics and political economy of the Roaring 20s - when women were able to vote again in federal elections, alcohol was banned by constitutional amendment, the economy boomed, Americans questioned their country's role in international security affairs, and ending with the great market crash that heralded the Great Depression. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, as well as both digital and physical copies of the readings. Access digital copies of program materials here after late…

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One-Day Seminar: George Washington’s Impact on American Foreign Policy, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

November 22 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Gilbert Stuart. George Washington, 1797. Public domain. Learn about the foundations of American foreign policy, and how they have played out and been challenged since the earliest years of the republic. Special emphasis will be put on George Washington's Farewell Address, and the message he conveyed in it about America's place in the world and relations with other countries, and how leaders since his time have understood his ideas. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of…

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

December 13 @ 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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January 2020

One-Day Seminar: FDR and World War 2, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

January 24, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the "Big Three" sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin. February 1945. (Army)Exact Date Shot UnknownNARA FILE #: 111-SC-260486WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 750 The first in TAH's 2020 slate of seminars on board the USS Midway, this program will focus on FDR's management of the war at home and abroad, with consideration…

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February 2020

One-Day Seminar: Reform Movements – 1790-1850, hosted by Hays CISD (Austin area, TX)

February 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

J. & R. Lamb Studios, Designer. Design drawing for stained glass window with the Holy Spirit. , None. Library of Congress, 2016676402.Study social and religious reform movements from the first decades of the American experiment in self-government. Ranging from 1790-1850, this program will spotlight documents from a variety of reformers and reform movements. All registrants will be provided a documents reader of primary sources, a certificate for continuing education, and lunch at this free program. All TAH.org programs are conducted…

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One-Day Seminar: Executive Power and the Presidency, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Study the evolution of the power and authority of the President and executive branch, and the nature and limits of executive power in the American system of government. All TAH.org programs are conducted as seminars, with one of our faculty acting as Discussion Leader, and all participants provided an equal say in the discussion. Neither a lesson, lecture, nor presentation, this is an opportunity to meet with a diverse group of American History and American Government teachers to discuss some…

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April 2020

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War, hosted by the Illinois Council for History Education and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, IL)

April 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join teachers from the Chicago area to study the origins of the Cold War, beginning with pre-WW2 documents and moving into the years immediately after the end of the war. This seminar-style program will consist of three 90-minute discussion sessions, each focused on a set of documents, and facilitated by a one of our graduate faculty. These open-ended sessions will enable participants to get to know this topic at a greater depth, through a set of original documents. Lunch and…

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May 2020

One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and the Problems of Reconstruction, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

May 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Study the problems that faced Abraham Lincoln regarding a reconstructed Union before, during, and after the Civil War, and how he conceptualized different possibilities for a slavery-free America. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of the reader, a certificate for continuing education hours, and lunch at this free program. Access digital copies of the agenda and reader here beginning on 14 March 2020. REGISTER HERE

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