Speech on the Oregon Bill

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

The Populist Party Platform and Expression of Sentiments

Source: The World Almanac (New York: 1893), 83–85, available online at the Hathi Trust Digital…

Speech to Congress

Source: Annals of Congress, House of Representatives, 15th Congress, 2nd Session, 1203–14, https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llac&fileName=033/llac033. db&recNum=599. Mr.…

The Constitutional Convention: The Fugitive Slave Clause

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

Westward Expansion

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

First Annual Message to Congress (1881)

Source: Chester A. Arthur, First Annual Message, online, by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley,…

New York Times Co. v. United States

Source: 403 U.S. 713, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/403/713. PER CURIAM We granted certiorari[1] in these cases in which…

Populists and Progressives

After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage…

“Leaders of Men”

Source: Woodrow Wilson, “Leaders of Men,” in Leaders of Men, ed. T. H. Vail Motter…

“The Right of the People to Rule”

Source: Theodore Roosevelt, “The Right of the People to Rule,” Outlook 100 (March 1912): 618–23,…

US v. Lopez

Source: 514 U.S. 549 (1995); https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/93-1260.ZO.html Chief Justice REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court,…

Ex parte Milligan

Source: 71 U.S. 2; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/71/2 Justice DAVIS delivered the opinion of the court, joined by…

The Supreme Court: Core Cases

This volume presents 25 core decisions of the Supreme Court. Arranged in chronological order, they…

Congress

Political Parties

“Party Government in the United States”

Source: Woodrow Wilson, “Party Government in the United States,” in Constitutional Government in the United…

“Parties”

Source: “For the National Gazette, [ca. 23 January] 1792,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/01-14-02-0176. [Editor’s…

Farewell Address

Source: Farewell Address, George Washington, September 19, 1796. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T.…

Debate to Override President Richard Nixon’s Veto of the War Powers Resolution

Source: Congressional Record, 93rd Congress, 1st Session, Nov. 7, 1973. Vol. 119, pp. 36176–36198, 36202–36222.…

Federalist 10

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

“Recent Tendencies”

Source: Charles E. Merriam, A History of American Political Theories (London: Macmillan, 1903), 305–33, available…

Notes on the State of Virginia

Source: Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (London: John Stockdale, 1787), 270–75. https://archive.org/details/notesonstateofvi1787jeff/page/270…

Chapter 24: Containment and the Truman Doctrine

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

Chapter 14: John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

A. Lydia Maria Child, Governor Henry Wise of Virginia, and John Brown, Correspondence, October 1859…

Chapter 12: The Peculiar Institution: Positive Good or Pernicious Sin?

A. American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments, December 6, 1833 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch12/ch12+American+AntiSlavery+Society+1833.mp3 The Convention assembled in…

Chapter 7: The Debate over Ratification

A.(Robert Yates), Brutus I, October 18, 1787 https://document-readings.s3.amazonaws.com/Documents+and+Debates/Volume+1/ch7/ch7+Brutus+I.mp3 . . . We have felt the…

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.…

Speech on the Oregon Bill

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

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)

Of the many direct and contributing causes of the Civil War, two stand near the…

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:…
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