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…

The Webster-Hayne Debates

Source: Daniel Webster, The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Constitution: Selected Documents, ed. Herman Belz…

“On the Constitution and the Union”

Source: William Lloyd Garrison, “The Great Crisis,” The Liberator, 52, 2 (December 29, 1832), 206–207.…

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…

Speech on the Oregon Bill

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

Nebraska Territory

Source: Congressional Globe, Senate, 33rd Congress, 1st Session, 275–180, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage80. . . . Upon the…

The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved

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

Letter to the General Court and Testimony

Source: Edward Burrough, A Declaration of the Sad and Great Persecution and Martyrdom of the…

Letters Protesting the Louisiana Purchase

Source: Rufus King to Colonel Pickering (November 4, 1803) in Records of the Federal Convention…

One-Day Seminar: Missouri, Dred Scott, and the Coming of the Civil War, hosted by Canyons School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

[caption id="attachment_23685" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Louis Schultze. Dred Scott, 1888. Public domain, from the Missouri Historical…

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

Amendments I–X: The Bill of Rights

Source: The Bill of Rights: a Transcription, America’s Founding Documents, National Archives, https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript. The capitalization…

The Senate Version

Source: Senate Journal, First Congress, First Session, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:…

The House Version

Source: Congress of the United States In the House of Representatives, Tuesday, the 27th of…

Federalist No. 84

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

New York Ratifying Convention

Source: The Debates in the several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution,…

Objections at the Constitutional Convention

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

Bill of Rights

There is a strong temptation to consider the story of the U.S. Bill of Rights…

Bill of Rights: Thematic Table of Contents

The Colonial Heritage The Massachusetts Body of Liberties, December 1641 The Maryland Act Concerning Religion,…

Transcript of David Frost’s Interview with Richard Nixon

Source: Sir David Frost, Frost/Nixon: Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews (New York: Harper…

House Debate on the 22nd Amendment

Source: Congressional Record, 80th Congress, First Session, Volume 93, Part 1 (Washington D.C. : United…

Fireside Chat on the Plan for Reorganization of the Judiciary

Source: Samuel I. Rosenman, ed., Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1937 Volume:…

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…

Message to the Senate Protesting the Censure Resolution

Source: James D. Richardson, ed., A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents,…

Speeches on the Removal Power

Source: Register of Debates, Senate, 23rd Congress, First Session (Washington, D.C: Gales and Seaton) 66,…

Proclamation on the Whiskey Rebellion

Source: President George Washington, Proclamation, 7 August 1794, Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/yu6KcC. Proclamation Calling…

Remarks on the Removal Power

Source: James Madison, Speech on the Removal Power of the President, [16 June] 1789, Founders…

The Federalist

Source: The Federalist No. 65, [7 March 1788], No. 68, [12 March 1788], No. 70,…

The Judiciary

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

The Two Authorizations Revisited

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

The Revised Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan

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

The Three-Fifths Clause and Federal Representation

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…

The Two Authorizations

Source: Jonathan Elliot, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the…

Arguments for Constitutional Amendments

Source: 1 Annals of Cong. 424-450 (1789). Mr. MADISON. — I will state my reasons…

The Jefferson-Madison Exchange

Source: Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, eds., The Essential Bill of Rights (Lanham, Maryland: University…

Federalist No. 10

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

The Fugitive Slave Clause

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

The Slave Trade Clause

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

The Three-Fifths Clause Revisited

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

The Gerry Committee Report

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

Partly National, Partly Federal

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

The Hamilton Plan

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

Speech on the Fair Labor Standards Act

Source: Congressional Record, 75th Cong., 3rd sess., vol. 83, pt. 6 (May 16, 1938), pp.…

“Fireside Chat” on the Recession

Source: “Fireside Chat,” April 14, 1938. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The…

“This Challenge to Liberty”

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

United States v. Butler

Source: Online from “FDR and the Supreme Court,” The New Deal Network (Columbia University: Institute…
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