Westward Expansion

The first Europeans to land in America traveled west to do so. Many of their…

The Annexation of Hawaii

Sources: “Memorial to the President, the Congress and the People of the United States of…

Address Accepting Democratic Presidential Nomination (1900)

Source: Speeches of William Jennings Bryan, Revised and Arranged by Himself, with a Biographical Introduction…

“The March of the Flag” Campaign Speech

Source: Albert J Beveridge, The “March of the Flag,” Beginning of Greater America [Indianapolis?] [1898],…

Letter to John Breckinridge

Source: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-41-02-0139. The enclosed letter,[1] though directed to you, was intended to me also, and…

Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act and Racial Hierarchy in International Relations

Source: The Congressional Globe, 33rd Congress, 1st sess., 1853–1854, Appendix (Washington: Blair & Rives, 1834–1873),…

Letter to Richard Pakenham, British Minister to the United States

Source: The Works of John C. Calhoun, vol. 5: Reports and Public Letters of John…

The Transcontinental Treaty and American Expansion

Source: The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, online at http://www.masshist.org/jqadiaries/php/search, Massachusetts Historical Society. February 22,…

Speech on the Cession of Russian America to the United States

Source: Charles Sumner, Speech of the Honorable Charles Sumner of Massachusetts on the Cession of Russian…

Letter to the Editors of the National Intelligencer Opposing the Annexation of Texas

Source: Henry Clay, “To the Editors of the National Intelligencer,” Washington National Intelligencer, April 27,…

Special Message to Congress Proclaiming the Tyler Doctrine (1842)

Source: The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States, Inaugural, Annual, and…

Annexation

Source: United States Magazine and Democratic Review 17, no. 85 (July/August 1845): 5–10, available at…

Annual Message to Congress (1848)

Source: James K. Polk, Fourth Annual Message, online, by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley,…

Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations

Source: James K. Polk, Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations, online, by Gerhard Peters…

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…

Korematsu v. US

Source: 323 U.S. 214; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/323/214 Justice BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

“The New Nationalism”

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

Chapter 24: Containment and the Truman Doctrine

A. George F. Kennan to the Secretary of State (The Long Telegram), February 22, 1946…

Chapter 23: The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

A. Recommendations on the Immediate Use of Nuclear Weapons, the Scientific Panel of the Interim…

Chapter 20: Progressive Foreign Policy: The Philippines

A. Henry Van Dyke, The American Birthright and the Philippine Pottage, November 24, 1898 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+2/Chapter+20/ch20+Van+Dyke+American+Birthright.mp3…

Chapter 13: War with Mexico

A. President James K. Polk, “Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations,” May 11, 1846…

Defending the League of Nations: “The Pueblo Speech”

. . . But, you say, "We have heard that we might be at a…

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: Cold War Foreign Policy, hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

Study American foreign policy during the Cold War, from the beginning of the conflict through…

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: LBJ and Vietnam, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

How did the United States get involved in the conflict in Vietnam? When did this…

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

Study the origins of the Cold War through a collection of original documents, beginning with…

One-Day Seminar: FDR & WW2, hosted by the Canyons School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

Study in depth the war policy and decision-making of FDR and his administration, through a…

Personal Reactions In Time of War

Source: Jane Addams, “Personal Reactions In Time of War,” Peace and Bread in Time of…

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…

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War, hosted by the Illinois Council for History Education and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, IL)

Join teachers from the Chicago area to study the origins of the Cold War, beginning…

One-Day Seminar: George Washington’s Impact on American Foreign Policy, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

Learn about the foundations of American foreign policy, and how they have played out and…

Memorandum on the President’s Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them

Source: Nathan A. Forrester, ed., Opinions of the Legal Counsel of the United States Department…

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Source: United States Reports. Volume 343, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Special Message to the Congress Reporting on the Situation in Korea

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Harry S. Truman. Containing the…

Telephone Conversation

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 293 (November 7, 2009). Available at https://goo.gl/dY1fKq.…

“United States Relations with the Soviet Union” (National Security Directive 23)

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 293 (November 7, 2009). Available at https://goo.gl/PNLfRA.…

Address to the Nation on the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1980-81, Book I…

Address at Commencement Exercises at the University of Notre Dame

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1977, Book I…

Meeting on Cuba

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 487 (October 1, 2014). Available at https://goo.gl/PNox4P.…

Telephone Conversation about Chile

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 255 (September 10, 2008). Available at https://goo.gl/LVaygk.…

Joint Statement Following Discussions with Leaders of the People’s Republic of China (Shanghai Communiqué)

Source: Document 203, The Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969 – 1972, Vol. XVII,…

Telephone Conversation about Chile

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 255 (September 10, 2008). Available at https://goo.gl/Bfwimb.…

A Compromise Solution For South Vietnam

Source: Document 40, The Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Vol. III, Vietnam, June-December…

Special Message to the Congress on U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia

Sources: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-64, Book…

Limited Test Ban Treaty

Source: United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, Vol. 14, part 2 (Washington, D.C.: U.S.…

Remarks in the Rudolph Wilde Platz, Berlin

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing…

Minutes of the Meeting of the Special Group (Augmented) on Operation MONGOOSE

Document 24: Laurence Chang and Peter Kornbluh, eds., “The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The Documents”…

Soviet Reactions to Certain U.S. Courses of Action on Cuba

Source: Mary S. McAuliffe, ed., CIA Documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 (Washington, D.C.:…

Statement on Cuba

Source: “United States Reaffirms Policy on Prevention of Aggressive Actions by Cuba,” Department of State…

Report to President Kennedy on South Vietnam

Source: The Pentagon Papers as published by The New York Times (New York and Chicago:…
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