Final Report on Negro Subversion

Source: RG165, Records of the War Department, General Staff, Military Intelligence Division, File 10218-361-1, pages…

“Returning Soldiers”

Source: W.E.B. DuBois, “Returning Soldiers,” The Crisis, XVIII (May, 1919), p. 13. We are returning from…

Plenty Horses Kills Lieutenant Casey

Source: Julia B. McGillycuddy, McGillycuddy Agent: A Biography of Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy (Stanford, CA:…

Letter to the Editors of the National Intelligencer Opposing the Annexation of Texas

Source: Henry Clay, “To the Editors of the National Intelligencer,” Washington National Intelligencer, April 27,…

Speech on the War with Mexico

Source: Abraham Lincoln Papers, series 1, General Correspondence, 1833 to 1916: “Abraham Lincoln to Congress,…

Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations

Source: James K. Polk, Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations, online, by Gerhard Peters…

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Source: 393 U.S. 503, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/393/503. JUSTICE FORTAS delivered the opinion of the Court. The district…

Ex parte Milligan

Source: 71 U.S. 2; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/71/2 Justice DAVIS delivered the opinion of the court, joined by…

“House Divided” Speech

Source: Abraham Lincoln, “A Speech of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln,” Illinois State Journal, vol. 11,…

Debate on the Constitutionality of the Mexican War

Source: Congressional Globe, 29th Congress, 1st Session, vol. 15 (May 11–12, 1846), pp. 782–786, 795–797;…

Speech on the Constitutionality of Korean War

Source: Congressional Record, Volume 97, pp. 5078–5088 Mr. MUNDT.[1] Mr. President, either prior to the…

The American Revolution

Captain John Parker, commander of the Lexington militia, had received Paul Revere’s warning. Great Britain’s…

The Newburgh Address

Source: George Washington to Officers of the Army, March 15, 1783, Founders Online, National Archives.…

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

Source: The Declaration as Adopted by Congress, [6 July 1775], Founders Online, National Archives).  https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-01-02-0113-0005 IF IT…

Common Sense

Source: Moncure Daniel Conway, ed., The Writings of Thomas Paine, 4 vols. (New York: G.…

Treaty of Paris

Source: Richard Peters, et al., eds., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…

Cincinnatus Reborn

Source: Washington’s Address to Congress Resigning his Commission, [December 23, 1783,] Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-06-02-0319-0004. The…

Stratford, Connecticut’s Thomas Gage—and Monmouth County, New Jersey’s Dunmore

Source: New-England Chronicle (Boston), May 30, 1776. The following odd affair happened at Stratford on…

The American Crisis

Source: Moncure Daniel Conway, ed., The Writings of Thomas Paine, 4 vols. (New York: G.…

The Continentals Encounter Civilians

Source: “Memoir by Hugh McDonald [Extract],” Colonial and State Records of North Carolina 11 (1895):…

Foraging for Valley Forge

Source: [Joseph Plumb Martin,] A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of…

Generals Gates and Burgoyne on the Murder of Jane McCrea

Source: Pennsylvania Evening Post (Philadelphia), September 16, 1777. Major General Horatio Gates to Lieutenant General…

Eliza Wilkinson Encounters Redcoats in South Carolina

Source: Caroline Gilman, ed., Letters of Eliza Wilkinson (New York: S. Colman, 1839), 24, 27–31.…

Envisioning an African American Regiment

Source: John Laurens to Henry Laurens, February 2, 1778, in William Gilmore Simms, ed., The…

List of Prints to Illustrate British Cruelties

Source: Franklin and Lafayette’s List of Prints to Illustrate British Cruelties [ca. May 1779], Founders…

“To the Traitor General Arnold”

Source: “Plain Truth,” “To the Traytor General Arnold,” Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia), September 25, 1781. Is…

Account of the British Surrender at Yorktown

Source: James Thacher, A Military Journal during the American Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783….…

An Officer’s Account of Washington’s Remarks

Source: The Journals of Major Samuel Shaw…, ed. Josiah Quincy (Boston: Wm. Crosby and H.…

Chapter 29: America and the World

A. President George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 2005 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+29/ch29+GW+Bush+2nd+Inaugural.mp3 . . .…

Chapter 24: Containment and the Truman Doctrine

A. George F. Kennan to the Secretary of State (The Long Telegram), February 22, 1946…

Chapter 23: The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

A. Recommendations on the Immediate Use of Nuclear Weapons, the Scientific Panel of the Interim…

Account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord

Source: Winthrop Sargent, ed., “Letters of John Andrews, Esq., of Boston,” Proceedings of the Massachusetts…

Defending the League of Nations: “The Pueblo Speech”

. . . But, you say, "We have heard that we might be at a…

The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved

Source: The Union must and shall be preserved. Air.- Star Spangled Banner. H. De Marsan,…

A Society of Patriotic Ladies at Edenton in North Carolina

Redcoats in South Carolina

Source: Caroline Gilman, ed., Letters of Eliza Wilkinson (New York, 1839), 24, 27-31. https://archive.org/details/lettersofelizawi00wilk/page/24 All…

In the Event of a Moon Disaster: “The Safire Memo”

To: H. R. Haldeman  From: Bill Safire  July 18, 1969.  IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:   Fate has…

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

Source: Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God . . . (1682). We have…

Personal Reactions In Time of War

Source: Jane Addams, “Personal Reactions In Time of War,” Peace and Bread in Time of…

Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

Source: John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 12 September 1962, NARA, JFKPOF-040-001. We meet at…

D-Day Dress, Platoon Leader

Source: illustration 20a from the 29th Infantry Combat Narrative by Lieutenant Jack Shea. DOD via…

Special Address to the Nation on Syria

Source: Barack Obama, “Address to the Nation on Syria,” September 10, 2013 , White House…

Boumediene v. Bush

Source: United States Reports. Volume 553, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Memorandum on the President’s Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them

Source: Nathan A. Forrester, ed., Opinions of the Legal Counsel of the United States Department…

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Source: United States Reports. Volume 343, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Special Message to the Congress Reporting on the Situation in Korea

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Harry S. Truman. Containing the…

First Inaugural Address (1861)

Source:  Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, Final Version, March 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers (Series 1: General Correspondence, 1833 to 1916), Library…

Proclamation on the Whiskey Rebellion

Source: President George Washington, Proclamation, 7 August 1794, Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/yu6KcC. Proclamation Calling…

The American Presidency

Woodrow Wilson was probably right when he said that it is easier to speak of…

The Fugitive Slave Clause

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