Causes of the Civil War

This volume of primary documents on the causes of the Civil War presents the history…

Women’s Voices: Religion in American History and Politics

While women have historically made up an overwhelming percentage of America's religious practitioners, their roles…

Mother Jones Writes Plea to Roosevelt

Source: “Mother Jones Writes Plea to Roosevelt,” North American, July 30, 1903. From a Staff…

One-Day Seminar: Documents & Debates – Urban Growth and the Pullman Strike, hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

The 1894 Pullman Strike was a turning point in American labor law, and heralded a…

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…

A Model of Christian Charity

CHRISTIAN CHARITY. A Model hereof. GOD ALMIGHTY in his most holy and wise providence, hath…

Speech on the Fair Labor Standards Act

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

Message to Congress on Establishing Minimum Wages and Maximum Hours

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Message to Congress on Establishing Minimum Wages and Maximum Hours.” Online…

“Detroit Digs In”

Source: The Nation 144:3 (January 16, 1937), pp. 64-66. Available online from The Social Welfare…

“Again the Covered Wagon”

Source: Survey Graphic 24:7 (July 1935), p. 348. Vast clouds of dust rise and roll…

“Black Cotton Farmers and the AAA”

Source: Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, 13:3 (March 1935), p. 72. Available at http://newdeal.feri.org/opp/opp3572.htm.…

Speech on the National Labor Relations Act

Source: Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79, pt. 8 (February 21, 1935), pp.…

Speech to Congress on Social Security

Source: The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Four, The Court Disapproves,…

“The Right to Strike”

Source: The Nation, 137: 3566 (November 8, 1933) p. 530 - 531. Nearly a million…

“Black Labor and the Codes”

Source: Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, 11:8 (August 1933), p. 231. If there were…

Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

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

Letter from Bonus Army leader to President Hoover

Source: Letter to President Hoover from Philo D. Burke, Liaison Officer, B. E. F.; July…

Statement on the Dispersal of the Bonus Army

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

Veto of the Emergency Relief and Construction Bill

Source: Herbert Hoover, “Veto of the Emergency Relief and Construction Bill,” July 11, 1932. Online…

The Norris-La Guardia Act

Source: 29 U.S. Code Title 29, Chapter 6, §101-110, Online from Legal Information Institute, Cornell…

Special Message to the Congress on the Economic Recovery Program

Source: Herbert Hoover, “Special Message to the Congress on the Economic Recovery Program,” January 4,…

Statement on the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill

Source: Herbert Hoover, “Statement on the Tariff Bill,” June 16, 1930. Online by Gerhard Peters…

“Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War?”

Source: “Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War?” G. I. Roundtable Series,…

Questions and Answers About the WAAC

Source: United States Army Women’s Auxiliary Corps, “73 Questions and Answers About the WAAC,” World…

Executive Order No. 9346: Establishing a Committee on Fair Employment Practice

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Executive Order 9346 Establishing a Committee on Fair Employment Practice,” May…

“Why Should We March?”

Source: A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” Survey Graphic 31 (November 1942), pp 488-89.…

“Damages to Loyal Men”

Source: The text is taken from a copy of the speech in the Library of…

Reply of the Colored Delegation to the President

Source: University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Project, a collaboration of the Department of Rare Books,…

Report on the Condition of the South

Source: Carl Schurz, “Report on the Condition of the South,” in Speeches, Correspondences, and Political…

Address to the Nation on the Economy

Ronald Reagan, “Address to the Nation on the Economy,” February 5, 1981. President Reagan’s Public…

Speech Introducing the Equal Rights Amendment

Congressional Record, May 21, 1969, Extensions of Remarks E4165-6. Available from Duke University Digital Repository.…

Dorothea Lange, Photo of Texas Tenant Farmer in Marysville, California

Dorothea Lange, Texas Tenant Farmer, c. 1935. Library of Congress, LC-USZ6-1026. Texas tenant farmer in…

Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

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

Speech on Social Security

Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79, pt. 6, pp. 6060-6061. James W. Wadsworth…

In re Debs

In re Debs, 158 U.S. 564 (1895). Available online from Justia. https://goo.gl/efDRTw JUSTICE BREWER1, after…

“Liberty: Speech at Battery D, Chicago,” On Release from Woodstock Jail

Debs: His Life, Writings and Speeches (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1904), 337–344. Manifestly…

“King Debs,” in Harper’s Weekly

William Allen Rogers, "King Debs," Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, 1894 July 14, p. 649. Library…

Report on the Chicago Strike

U.S. Strike Commission, Report of the Chicago Strike of June–July 1894 by the United States…

Many Thousand Gone

Jubilee Songs, as Sung by the Jubilee Singers, of Fisk University (New York: Biglow &…

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…

Southern Runaway Slave Notices and “Our Peculiar Domestic Institutions” Print

[caption id="attachment_24283" align="alignleft" width="487"] “Runaway slave notices” (Boston: Webster & Southard, C.), 1839. Schomburg Center…

The Laboring Classes

Orestes Bronson, The Laboring Classes: An Article from the Boston Quarterly Review, (Boston: Benjamin H.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Investigate Working Conditions in Lowell

Massachusetts House Document no. 50, March, l845, reprinted in John Commons, ed., A Documentary History…

Time Table for Lowell Mills

[caption id="attachment_24251" align="alignleft" width="806"] Time table of the Lowell mills, to take effect on and…

“Song of the Spinners” from the Lowell Offering

Lowell Offering, April 1841 (Lowell, Mass.: Printed by A. Watson), p. 32. Courtesy American Antiquarian…

Notes on the State of Virginia: Queries 18 & 19

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia ([1781-82]; London: John Stockdale, 1787), 270-75. Query…

Correspondence between John Adams, Abigail Adams and James Sullivan on Representation

Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776, Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/GuwxiA; J. Adams…

Of the Servants and Slaves in Virginia

Robert Beverley, The History of Virginia, Part 4, Chapter 10 (London: B. and S. Tooke,…

Colonial Virginia Laws Related to Slavery

William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws…
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