“An Address on Female Suffrage”

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

Lynch Law in America

Source: The Arena 23 (January 1900): 15–24. Our country's national crime is lynching. It is…

Gender and Equality

"The influence of woman is not limited to the domestic circle. Society is her empire."…

Populists and Progressives

After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage…

Progress and Poverty

Source: Henry George, Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and…

“The Study of Administration”

Source: Woodrow Wilson, “The Study of Administration,” Political Science Quarterly 2, no. 2 (June 1887):…

A Call to Action

Source: James B. Weaver, A Call to Action: An Interpretation of the Great Uprising, Its…

“The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements”

Source: Philanthropy and Social Progress: Seven Essays by Miss Jane Addams, Robert A. Woods, Father…

The Prize Cases

Source: 67 U.S. 635; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/67/635 Justice GRIER delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

US v. Belmont

Source: 301 U.S. 324; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/301/324 Justice SUTHERLAND delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

Wickard v. Filburn

Source: 317 U.S. 111; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/317/111 Justice JACKSON delivered the unanimous opinion of the Court, joined…

Brown v. Board of Education

Source: 347 U.S. 483; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/347/483 Chief Justice WARREN delivered the unanimous opinion of the Court,…

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…

“The Right of the People, Men and Women, to Petition”

Source: Speech of John Quincy Adams, of Massachusetts, upon the Right of the People, Men…

CIRCULAR: Addressed to Benevolent Ladies of the United States

Source: CIRCULAR: Addressed to Benevolent Ladies of the United States . . . [Boston]: [Printed…

“The New Nationalism”

Source: Theodore Roosevelt, The New Nationalism (New York: Outlook, 1910), 3–33, available online at the…

“Now We Can Begin”

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

Political Parties

“Recent Tendencies”

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

Chapter 21: What Caused the Great Depression?

A. Herbert Hoover, “Principles and Ideals of the United States Government,” October 22, 1928 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+21/ch21+Hoover+Principles+of+Govt+1928.mp3…

Chapter 19: The Progressive Era: Eugenics

A. Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, Veto of Eugenics Law, March 30, 1905 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+19/ch19+Pennypacker+Veto+of+Eugenics+Law+1905.mp3 Commonwealth of…

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

A. Orestes Bronson, The Laboring Classes, 1840 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch10/ch10+Orestes+Bronson+The+Laboring+Classes+1840.mp3 It may be laid down as a…

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…

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

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

First Inaugural Address

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

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.…

“Mud Sill” Speech

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

“House Divided” Speech

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

Inaugural Address

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