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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…
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Selected Poems

Source: Phyllis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London, 1773), 18, 22–24; The…
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On Opening a School for Poor Children

Source: Isabella Graham, “On Opening a School for Poor Children,” in The Power of Faith…
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Report on the Necessity of Jewish Education

Source: Jewish Women's Archive, “Report of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society,” 1835. Online: Ladies, The…
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The Heavenly Vision

Source: Susan B. Anthony, The History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. IV 1883–1900 (Indianapolis, 1902), 128–133.…
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Exploring the Link between Womanhood and the Rabbinate

Source: [Amy Eilberg], “Exploring the Link between Womanhood and the Rabbinate: Lilith Interviews the First…
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The Tyranny of Petty Coercion

Source: Marilynne Robinson, “The Tyranny of Petty Coercion,” in The Death of Adam: Essays on…
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The Justices’ View on Brown v. Board of Education

Source: Harold H. Burton to Earl Warren, and Felix Frankfurter to Warren, May 17, 1954,…
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Federalist No. 10

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, (Indianapolis: Liberty…
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Address to the League of Women Voters, Wheeling, West Virginia

Source: McCarthy spoke from a prepared text, but he apparently deviated from it at points…
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Pacific War Diary

Source: Excerpts from Pacific War Diary, 1942–1945 by James J. Fahey (New York: Houghton Mifflin,…
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“The United States Cannot Remain Half-Slave and Half-Free”

Source: Frederick Douglass, Address by Hon. Frederick Douglass, Delivered in the Congregational Church, Washington, D.C.,…
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Speech on Reconstruction

Source: Congressional Globe, 39th Cong., 2nd sess., Jan. 3, 1867, pp. 251-253. Available at A…
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Reply of the Colored Delegation to the President

Source: University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Project, a collaboration of the Department of Rare Books,…
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Report on the Condition of the South

Source: Carl Schurz, “Report on the Condition of the South,” in Speeches, Correspondences, and Political…
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Letter to Nathaniel Banks

Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy Basler, Volume 6 (The Abraham Lincoln…
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Birmingham Manifesto

Fred Shuttlesworth and N. H. Smith were ministers in Birmingham, Alabama active in the civil…
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Address to the League of Women Voters, Wheeling, West Virginia

McCarthy spoke from a prepared text, but he apparently deviated from it at points and…
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Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79 (May 23, 1935), pp. 8040-43. The Share…
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“Better Baby Contest,” Indiana State Fair

Better Baby contest at the Indiana State Fair, 1931. Indiana State Archives. “Better Baby” contests…
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Eugenics as a New Creed

Stanley Hall, “Eugenics: Its Ideals and What It Is Going to Do,” Religious Education 6,…
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“The Home Life of the Indian”

The Indian’s Friend, A Monthly Published by the Women’s National Indian Association, Vol. IV, Philadelphia,…
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Letter to Harriet Converse

Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society, Volume VIII, ed. Frank H. Severance (Buffalo, NY: Buffalo…
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Letter to Nathaniel Banks

Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Papers: Series 1. General Correspondence. 1833-1916: Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P.…
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Appeal to the Christian Women of the South

Angelina Grimké, Appeal to Christian Women of the South (New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836).…
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An Enquiry Into the Effects of Spirituous Liquors upon the Human Body, and their Influence upon the Happiness of Society

Benjamin Rush, An Enquiry Into the Effects of Spirituous Liquors upon the Human Body, and…
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The Essential Rights and Liberties of Protestants

Elisha Williams, The Essential Rights and Liberties of Protestants (1744). Williams (1694–1755) was a Congregational…
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50 Core Documents That Tell America’s Story

In 1825, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson discussed by letter the kinds of texts that…
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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Platform

National Negro Committee 500 Fifth Ave New York We denounce the ever-growing oppression of our…
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Excerpts from Founding Documents on Religion

Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united…
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Herbert Spencer and the Doctrine of Evolution

A Lecture delivered before the New York Liberal Club The change that has taken place…
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The Nature, Importance, and Means of Eminent Holiness Throughout the Church

Published in The American National Preacher 10, 1&2 (June-July 1835). Matthew 16:3: Can ye not discern the…
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A Governor Bitterly Opposes Negro Education

Governor James K. Vardaman (MS) The race question is one of the most serious problems…
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Excerpts from Liberalism and Social Action

The History of Liberalism Liberalism has long been accustomed to onslaughts proceeding from those who…
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Zorach v. Clauson

Under 3210 of the New York Education Law and the regulations thereunder, New York City…
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Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing Et Al.

A New Jersey statute authorizes its local school districts to make rules and contracts for…
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Democracy and Education Chapter 7

For the most part, save incidentally, we have hitherto been concerned with education as it…
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Democracy and Education Chapter 6

1. Education as Formation. We now come to a type of theory which denies the…
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That Noble Dream

In a thought-provoking paper read at the last meeting of the American Historical Association Mr.…
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State of the Union Address

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, Members of the Supreme Court and diplomatic…
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State of the Union Address

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress: It’s a great privilege to be here…

State of the Union Address (2000)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, honored guests, my fellow Americans: We are…

State of the Union Address (1999)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, honored guests, my fellow Americans: Tonight I…

State of the Union Address (1998)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of the 105th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans:…

State of the Union Address (1997)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of the 105th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans:…

State of the Union Address (1996)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of the 104th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans…
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State of the Union Address (1995)

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the 104th Congress, my fellow Americans: Again we are…
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State of the Union Address (1958)

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 85th Congress: It is again my high privilege…

State of the Union Address (1879)

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: The members of the Forty-sixth Congress have…

State of the Union Address (1878)

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Our heartfelt gratitude is due to the…
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