Chapter 21: What Caused the Great Depression?

A. Herbert Hoover, “Principles and Ideals of the United States Government,” October 22, 1928 .…

Chapter 19: The Progressive Era: Eugenics

A. Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, Veto of Eugenics Law, March 30, 1905 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania…

Chapter 11: The Nullification Crisis

A. Excerpts from Ratification Documents of Virginia and New York Virginia Ratification Statement, June 26,…

Chapter 10: The Market Revolution and (The Myth of?) Free Labor

A. Orestes Bronson, The Laboring Classes, 1840 It may be laid down as a general…

Chapter 2: Merchants and Morality in Colonial Massachusetts

A.Robert Cushman, The Sin and Danger of Self-Love, 1621 Let no man seek his own;…

Religious Liberty: Core Court Cases

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

Causes of the Civil War

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

Republican Party Platform

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

Letter to John Holmes

Source: Thomas Jefferson to John Holmes. -04-22, 1820. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mtjbib023795/. I…

“On the Constitution and the Union”

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

Speech on Abolition Petitions

Source: John C. Calhoun, Speeches of John C. Calhoun: delivered in the Congress of the…

Speech on the Oregon Bill

Source: Speech of Mr. Calhoun, of South Carolina, on the Oregon Bill, Delivered in the…

Compromise of 1850

Source: Congressional Globe, 31st Congress, 1st Session, 244–47, https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llcg&fileName=022/llcg022.db&recNum=331. Clay presented his resolutions in a…

Appeal of the Independent Democrats in Congress to the American People

Source: Congressional Globe, Senate, 33rd Congress, First Session, 281–282, https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage. As senators and representatives in…

First Inaugural Address

Source: Abraham Lincoln, Inaugural Address Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American…

Kansas: To Those that Desire that Kansas Should be Free.

Source: Printed Ephemera Collection, Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.02000100/  

Fragment on the Constitution and Union

Source: New Letters and Papers of Lincoln, compiled by Paul M. Angle (Boston: Houghton Mifflin…

Distribution of the Slave Population by State

Source:  Henry S. Graham Washington, 1861. Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/99447026/.  

Poster Advertising Sale of a “Valuable Gang of Young Negroes”

Source: Duke University Libraries Digital Collections, https://repository.duke.edu/dc/broadsides/bdsla10566.

Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free-Soiler

Source: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-92043  

Caution!! Colored people of Boston

Source:  Library of Congress, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.06002200/.  

The Fugitive’s Song

Source:  Ephraim W. Bouve and Henry Prentiss. The Fugitive's Song. Boston, 1845. Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07616

Broadside Advertisement for Runaway Slave

Source: Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.18604300/.  

Free & Slave-holding States and Territories

Source: Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/95682125/.

Nebraska Territory

Source: Congressional Globe, Senate, 33rd Congress, 1st Session, 275–180, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage80. . . . Upon the…

Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

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

Sociology for the South, or The Failure of Free Society

Source: George Fitzhugh, Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society (Richmond, VA:…

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Source: 60 U.S. 933, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/60/393. Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered the opinion of the court.…

“House Divided” Speech

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

“Mud Sill” Speech

Source: Speech of the Honorable John H. Hammond, of South Carolina, on the Admission of…

Inaugural Address

Source: A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy: Including the Diplomatic Correspondence,…

Missouri Compromise Act

Source: Statutes at Large, 16th Congress, 1st Session, 545–48. Available at https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=003/llsl003.db&recNum=586. An act to…

Women’s Voices: Religion in American History and Politics

While women have historically made up an overwhelming percentage of America's religious practitioners, their roles…

Stimulants and Narcotics

Source: Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, (Washington, D. C: Review and Herald Publishing…

Letters Protesting the Louisiana Purchase

Source: Rufus King to Colonel Pickering (November 4, 1803) in Records of the Federal Convention…

Purchase of Louisiana

Source: “Purchase of Louisiana," New-York Evening Post, July 5, 1803, Founders Online, National Archives, accessed…

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

The first in TAH's 2020 slate of seminars on board the USS Midway, this program…

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

Study the problems that faced Abraham Lincoln regarding a reconstructed Union before, during, and after…

Federalist Papers

Amendments I–X: The Bill of Rights

Source: The Bill of Rights: a Transcription, America’s Founding Documents, National Archives, https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript. The capitalization…

Bill of Rights: Thematic Table of Contents

The Colonial Heritage The Massachusetts Body of Liberties, December 1641 The Maryland Act Concerning Religion,…

Transcript of David Frost’s Interview with Richard Nixon

Source: Sir David Frost, Frost/Nixon: Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews (New York: Harper…

“The Presidency in 1960” (Remarks at the National Press Club)

Source: Papers of John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Pre-Presidential Papers,…

Myers v. US

Source: United States Reports. Volume 272, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Speeches on the Removal Power

Source: Register of Debates, Senate, 23rd Congress, First Session (Washington, D.C: Gales and Seaton) 66,…

I Have A Dream

Source: Text is from the online version provided by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research…

Arguments for Constitutional Amendments

Source: 1 Annals of Cong. 424-450 (1789). Mr. MADISON. — I will state my reasons…

Federalist No. 10

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

The Fugitive Slave Clause

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

Testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Source: U.S. Congress, House, Committee on Un-American Activities, Investigation of Communist Activities in the San…
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