The American Revolution

Captain John Parker, commander of the Lexington militia, had received Paul Revere’s warning. Great Britain’s…

Treaty of Paris

Source: Richard Peters, et al., eds., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…

“Remember the Ladies”

Sources: Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776, Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/04-01-02-0241; J.…

Thoughts on Government

Source: John Adams, Thoughts on Government…. (Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1776), in Charles Francis Adams, ed.,…

Celebrations of American Independence in Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts

Source: The American Gazette, or the Constitutional Journal (Salem, Mass.), July 23, 1776. WATERTOWN, JULY…

Massachusetts Antislavery Petition

Source: “To the Honorable Counsel & House of [Representa]tives of the State of Massachusetts Bay…

Chapter 18: Urban Growth: The Pullman Strike

A. United States Strike Commission, Report on the Chicago Strike, June-July 1894, December 10, 1894…

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

A. American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments, December 6, 1833 The Convention assembled in the…

Chapter 7: The Debate over Ratification

A.(Robert Yates), Brutus I, October 18, 1787 . . . We have felt the feebleness…

Religious Liberty: Core Court Cases

Amendment I.  Ratified December 15, 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…

“IS IT A CRIME FOR A U.S. CITIZEN TO VOTE?”

Susan B. Anthony, “Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?” in Rochester…

Causes of the Civil War

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

Democratic Party Platforms

Source: 1860 Democratic Party Platform, online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American…

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 Abolition Petitions

Source: John C. Calhoun, Speeches of John C. Calhoun: delivered in the Congress of the…

“Homecoming” Speech at Chicago

Source: Political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the celebrated campaign of…

First Inaugural Address

Source: Abraham Lincoln, Inaugural Address Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American…

Kansas: To Those that Desire that Kansas Should be Free.

Source: Printed Ephemera Collection, Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.02000100/  

Fragment on the Constitution and Union

Source: New Letters and Papers of Lincoln, compiled by Paul M. Angle (Boston: Houghton Mifflin…

Poster Advertising Sale of a “Valuable Gang of Young Negroes”

Source: Duke University Libraries Digital Collections, https://repository.duke.edu/dc/broadsides/bdsla10566.

Distribution of the Slave Population by State

Source:  Henry S. Graham Washington, 1861. Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/99447026/.  

The Fugitive’s Song

Source:  Ephraim W. Bouve and Henry Prentiss. The Fugitive's Song. Boston, 1845. Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07616

Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free-Soiler

Source: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-92043  

Caution!! Colored people of Boston

Source:  Library of Congress, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.06002200/.  

Broadside Advertisement for Runaway Slave

Source: Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.18604300/.  

Nebraska Territory

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

Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

Source: Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume II, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

Sociology for the South, or The Failure of Free Society

Source: George Fitzhugh, Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society (Richmond, VA:…

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Source: 60 U.S. 933, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/60/393. Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered the opinion of the court.…

“House Divided” Speech

Source: Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume III, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

“Mud Sill” Speech

Source: Speech of the Honorable John H. Hammond, of South Carolina, on the Admission of…

Inaugural Address

Source: A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy: Including the Diplomatic Correspondence,…

The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved

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

Presidents and Political Parties

Learn about how the relationship between American presidents and their parties has shifted over time.…

Implementing Brown v. Board of Education: One Southern Town’s Story

Part I: Behind the Scenes, an Interracial Team Plans Integration Ellen Deitz Tucker In May…

Missouri Compromise Act

Source: Statutes at Large, 16th Congress, 1st Session, 545–48. Available at https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=003/llsl003.db&recNum=586. An act to…

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…

The Tyranny of Petty Coercion

Source: Marilynne Robinson, “The Tyranny of Petty Coercion,” in The Death of Adam: Essays on…

Citizenship and Faith

Source: Amina Wadud, “Citizenship and Faith,” in Woman and Citizenship, Marilyn Friedman, ed. (New York:…

Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

Source: John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 12 September 1962, NARA, JFKPOF-040-001. We meet at…

One-Day Seminar: Documents & Debates – Revolution, Citizenship, and Self-Government, hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

  What did Americans of the Revolutionary Era see as the purpose of government, and…

One-Day Seminar: Presidents and Political Parties (Colorado Springs, CO)

The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties, yet parties began to form shortly…

One-Day Seminar: Reform Movements – 1790-1850, hosted by Hays CISD (Austin area, TX)

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Federalist Papers

One Day Seminar: The Presidency of George Washington, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

Join teachers from across Missouri at the first Seminar in a partner series between TAH…

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…

Objections at the Constitutional Convention

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

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…
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