Dred Scott v. Sandford

Source: 60 U.S. 393, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/60/393. Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered the opinion of the court.…

Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

Source: Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume II, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

“On the Constitution and the Union”

Source: William Lloyd Garrison, “The Great Crisis,” The Liberator, 52, 2 (December 29, 1832), 206–207.…

“Memorial” and “Constitutional Equality”

Source: Woodhull and Clafin’s Weekly, December 19, 1870, and January 2, 1871. The memorial of…

Address Accepting Democratic Presidential Nomination (1900)

Source: Speeches of William Jennings Bryan, Revised and Arranged by Himself, with a Biographical Introduction…

Downes v. Bidwell

Source: Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901), available at https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/182/244/. We have removed in-text references to…

Speech on the Constitutionality of the Louisiana Purchase

Source: Annals of Congress, Senate, Eighth Congress, 1st Session, 53–56, available at http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llac&fileName=013/llac013.db&recNum=24. Mr. President:…

“An Address on Female Suffrage”

Source: Catharine E. Beecher, Woman’s Profession as Mother and Educator, with Views in Opposition to…

“Leaders of Men”

Source: Woodrow Wilson, “Leaders of Men,” in Leaders of Men, ed. T. H. Vail Motter…

“The Constitution a Reactionary Document”

Source: J. Allen Smith, The Spirit of American Government: A Study of the Constitution: Its…

Roth v. US

Source: 354 U.S. 476; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/354/476 Justice BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

Abington School District v. Schempp

Source: 374 U.S. 203; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/374/203 Justice CLARK delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

Gideon v. Wainwright

Source: 372 U.S. 335; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/372/335 Justice BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

US v. Lopez

Source: 514 U.S. 549 (1995); https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/93-1260.ZO.html Chief Justice REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court,…

Gregg v. Georgia

Source: 428 U.S. 153; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/428/153#writing-ZS Justice STEWART announced the judgment of the Court, joined by…

Katz v. US

Source: 389 U.S. 347; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/389/347#writing-ZS Justice STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

District of Columbia v. Heller

Source: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/07-290 Justice SCALIA delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by Chief Justice ROBERTS and…

University of California Regents v. Bakke

Source: 438 U.S. 265; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/438/265 For Justice Stevens’s opinion, see https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/438/265.html#tt10  Justice POWELL announced the…

Reynolds v. Sims

Source: 377 U.S. 533; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/377/533 Chief Justice WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court, joined…

Miranda v. Arizona

Source: 384 U.S. 436; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/384/436 Chief Justice WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court, joined…

Roe v. Wade

Source: 410 U.S. 113; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/410/113. For Justice White’s dissent, issued with Doe v. Bolton, 410…

The Supreme Court: Core Cases

This volume presents 25 core decisions of the Supreme Court. Arranged in chronological order, they…

“Now We Can Begin”

Source: The Liberator, December 1920. Most women will agree that August 23, the day when…

Congress

Federalist 10

Source: The Federalist. Gideon Edition, eds. George W. Carey and James McClellan (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund,…

Brutus No. 16

Source: The New York Journal, April 10, 1788. The term for which the Senate are…

Debates on the Legislative Branch

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Cato No. 5

Source: The New-York Journal, November 22, 1787. But with respect to the first objection, it…

Federalist No. 10

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, (Indianapolis: Liberty…

Federalist No. 55

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, (Indianapolis: Liberty…

Federalist No. 52

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, (Indianapolis: Liberty…

“Recent Tendencies”

Source: Charles E. Merriam, A History of American Political Theories (London: Macmillan, 1903), 305–33, available…

Notes on the State of Virginia

Source: Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (London: John Stockdale, 1787), 270–75. https://archive.org/details/notesonstateofvi1787jeff/page/270…

Chapter 22: The New Deal: Social Security

A. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech to Congress on Social Security, January 17, 1935 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+22/ch22+FDR+on+Social+Security.mp3…

Chapter 17: Reconstructing the West: Grant’s Peace Policy

A. President Ulysses S. Grant, First Annual Message, December 6, 1869 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+17/vol2ch17+Grant+First+Annual+Message.mp3 . . .…

Chapter 14: John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

A. Lydia Maria Child, Governor Henry Wise of Virginia, and John Brown, Correspondence, October 1859…

Chapter 12: The Peculiar Institution: Positive Good or Pernicious Sin?

A. American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments, December 6, 1833 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch12/ch12+American+AntiSlavery+Society+1833.mp3 The Convention assembled in…

Chapter 11: The Nullification Crisis

A. Excerpts from Ratification Documents of Virginia and New York https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch11/ch+11+VA+and+NY+Ratification+Excerpts.mp3 Virginia Ratification Statement, June…

Chapter 7: The Debate over Ratification

A.(Robert Yates), Brutus I, October 18, 1787 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch7/ch7+Brutus+I.mp3 . . . We have felt the…

Chapter 6: Revolutionary Considerations of Citizenship and Self-Government

A.John Adams to Abigail Adams and James Sullivan, March 31–May 26, 1776 Abigail Adams to…

Religious Liberty: Core Court Cases

Amendment I.  Ratified December 15, 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…

“IS IT A CRIME FOR A U.S. CITIZEN TO VOTE?”

Susan B. Anthony, “Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?” in Rochester…

One-Day Seminar: Supreme Court Cases That Changed America hosted by Fayette County Schools (Fayetteville, GA)

While many Supreme Court cases have shaped American policies and history, this seminar explores cases…

Causes of the Civil War

This volume of primary documents on the causes of the Civil War presents the history…

Democratic Party Platforms

Source: 1860 Democratic Party Platform, online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American…

South Carolina’s Declaration of the Causes of Secession

Source: Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina…

Reply to the Dred Scott Decision

Source: Frank Crosby, LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, HIS EARLY HISTORY AND POLITICAL CAREER; TOGETHER WITH…

Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society

Source:  Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume II, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

Republican Party Platform

Source: Republican Party Platform of 1860, online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The…

The Webster-Hayne Debates

Source: Daniel Webster, The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Constitution: Selected Documents, ed. Herman Belz…
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