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…
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Federalist Papers

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McGovern–Fraser Commission Report

Source: Congressional Record, 92nd Congress, First Session, Volume 117, Part 25 (Washington D.C.: United States…
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“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,…
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On the Source of Executive Power

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

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

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

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…
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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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“Fireside Chat” on “Purging” the Democratic Party

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

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

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

Source: “The Facts in the Case,” Speech of Alfred E. Smith at the American Liberty…
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Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

Source: “Herbert Hoover analyzes 5 periods in the development of the history of the Depression,”…
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Statement on the Dispersal of the Bonus Army

Source: Herbert Hoover, “The President's News Conference,” July 29, 1932. Online by Gerhard Peters and…
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Inaugural Address (1877)

Source: Rutherford B. Hayes: Inaugural Address, March 5, 1877. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…
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Party Platforms of 1868

Source: Republican Party Platform of 1868, May 20, 1868. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…
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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…
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Reorganizing Constitutional Government in Mississippi

Source: Andrew Johnson, "Proclamation 136 – Reorganizing a Constitutional Government in Mississippi," June 13, 1865.…
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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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Debate on the Civil Rights Act

Originally Broadcast on CBS Reports: Filibuster—Birth Struggle of a Law, March 18, 1964. Available at…
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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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Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

National Archives Catalog, Simeon D. Fess Papers, 1933. . . . Today we are on…
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Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Convention (1932)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago,”…
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“Principles and Ideals of the United States Government”

Herbert Hoover, “Principles and Ideals of United States Government,” October 22, 1928, Public Papers of…
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Documents and Debates in American History and Government: Vol. 2, 1865-2009

This collection of documents presents American history from 1865 to 2009 as a series of…
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Great Speech of Clay

[caption id="attachment_24294" align="alignleft" width="1024"] John L Magee (presumed), Great speech of Clay – bran bread…
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Lyrics to Jackson and the Nullifiers

Jackson and the nullifiers . . . Printed and sold, wholesale and retail, at 257…
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Brutus I

In The American Republic: Primary Sources, ed. Bruce Frohnen (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002); available online…
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The Great Depression and the New Deal

The late 1920s were a time of great optimism in the United States, and few…
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Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal”

Source: “Address at Madison Square Garden in New York City,” October 31, 1932. Online by…
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Theodore Roosevelt to Lincoln Steffens

My dear Steffens: In view of Mr. Cosgrave’s statement that I had read the proof…
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Malcolm X At the Audubon Ballroom

Salaam Alaikum. I suppose I should take time to explain what I mean when I…
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The Ballot or the Bullet

Mr. Moderator, Brother Lomax, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can't believe everyone…
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The Heirs of Abraham Lincoln

The Progressive movement which culminated last August in the creation of the Progressive party is…
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Letter to Frederick Steele

Sundry citizens of the State of Arkansas petition me that an election may be held…
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Letter to George Ashmun

Hon: George Ashmun: President of the Republican National Convention. Sir: I accept the nomination tendered…
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Letter to Owen Lovejoy

Hon: Owen Lovejoy: My Dear Sir: Yours of the 7th. Was received the day before…
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 7th Debate Part II

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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 7th Debate Part I

MR. DOUGLAS' SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: It is now nearly four months since the canvass…
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 6th Debate Part II

A VOICE—"That's the doctrine. "                                                              
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 6th Debate Part I

MR. LINCOLN'S SPEECH. At precisely half past two o'clock Mr. Lincoln was introduced to the…
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 4th Debate Part II

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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 4th Debate Part I

MR. LINCOLN'S SPEECH. Mr. Lincoln took the stand at a quarter before three, and was…
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 3rd Debate Part II

INTERROGATORIES.                                                                         
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 3rd Debate Part I

MR. DOUGLAS’ SPEECH.  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I appear before you today in pursuance of a…
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Letter to Salmon Portland Chase

Hon: S.P. Chase: Dear Sir Please pardon the liberty I take in addressing you, as…
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