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…

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…

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…

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…

Speech on the Oregon Bill

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

“An Irrepressible Conflict”

Source: The Irrepressible Conflict: A Speech Delivered at Rochester, Monday, Oct. 25, 1858 (New York:…

“Homecoming” Speech at Chicago

Source: Political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the celebrated campaign of…

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Source: Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, ed. Philip S. Foner (Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 1999),…

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…

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

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

Distribution of the Slave Population by State

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

The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved

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

One-Day Seminar: Political Parties and Campaigns, hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

A timely study of the organization, goals, activities, and impact of political parties as related…

Presidents and Political Parties

Learn about how the relationship between American presidents and their parties has shifted over time.…

One-Day Seminar: The Founding and Electoral College, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

Learn about how the Founders sought to formalize their ideas of limited government, a new…

Federalist Papers

McGovern–Fraser Commission Report

Source: Congressional Record, 92nd Congress, First Session, Volume 117, Part 25 (Washington D.C.: United States…

“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,…

On the Source of Executive Power

Source: Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt, ed., Stephen Brennan (New York: Skyhorse Publishing,…

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…

The American Presidency

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

Creating the Electoral College

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

The Madison-Sherman Exchange

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

Federalist No. 10

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

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…

“Fireside Chat” on “Purging” the Democratic Party

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” June 24, 1938. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…

“This Challenge to Liberty”

Source: Herbert Hoover, Addresses Upon the American Road, 1933-1938 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1938),…

“A Third Party”

Source: Vital Speeches of the Day, Vol. II, No. 20 (July 1, 1936), pp. 613.…

“Betrayal of the Democratic Party”

Source: “The Facts in the Case,” Speech of Alfred E. Smith at the American Liberty…

Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

Source: “Herbert Hoover analyzes 5 periods in the development of the history of the Depression,”…

Statement on the Dispersal of the Bonus Army

Source: Herbert Hoover, “The President's News Conference,” July 29, 1932. Online by Gerhard Peters and…

Inaugural Address (1877)

Source: Rutherford B. Hayes: Inaugural Address, March 5, 1877. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…

Party Platforms of 1868

Source: Republican Party Platform of 1868, May 20, 1868. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…

Address Before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia

Source: Alexander H. Stephens, In Public and Private, With Letters and Speeches, Before, During, and…

Reorganizing Constitutional Government in Mississippi

Source: Andrew Johnson, "Proclamation 136 – Reorganizing a Constitutional Government in Mississippi," June 13, 1865.…

Letter to Nathaniel Banks

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

Debate on the Civil Rights Act

Originally Broadcast on CBS Reports: Filibuster—Birth Struggle of a Law, March 18, 1964. Available at…

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…

Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79 (May 23, 1935), pp. 8040-43. The Share…

Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

National Archives Catalog, Simeon D. Fess Papers, 1933. https://goo.gl/gMy7Zj. . . . Today we are…
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