Black Power

Source: Kwame Ture and Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power: The Politics of Liberation (New York:…

“The Negro in American Life” (Guidance for the Voice of America)

Source: Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, Records Relating to International Information…

To Secure These Rights :The Report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights

Source: To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights (Washington,…

Speech in the Senate

Source: Congressional Record, 56th Congress, 1st Session, 3223-3224. Mr. President, I regret that I feel…

“Lynch Law in America”

Source: The Arena 23 (January 1900), 15-24. OUR country's national crime is lynching. It is…

“The United States Cannot Remain Half-Slave and Half-Free”

Source: Frederick Douglass, Address by Hon. Frederick Douglass, Delivered in the Congregational Church, Washington, D.C.,…

Colfax Massacre Reports

Source: “Condition of the South,” Report Number 261, in Reports of Committees of the House…

Black Codes of Mississippi

Source: Laws of the State of Mississippi, passed at a Regular Session of the Mississippi…

Second Inaugural Address

Source: Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address; endorsed by Lincoln, April 10, 1865. Abraham Lincoln Papers at…

The Populist Party Platform and Expression of Sentiments

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

Westward Expansion

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

The Significance of the Frontier in American History

Source: Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” address to the…

The Sentiments of an American Woman

Source: The Sentiments of an American Woman (Philadelphia, 1780), Library of Congress, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.14600300. On the…

Edenton Ladies’ Agreement

Source: Edenton Ladies' Agreement, October 27, 1774, Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, January 16, 1775. The…

Proclamation

Source: “Proclamation of the Vigilance Committee of San Francisco, June 9, 1856,” in San Francisco…

Virginia v. Black

Source: 538 U.S. 343, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/01-1107.ZS.html. JUSTICE O'CONNOR announced the judgment of the Court and delivered…

Texas v. Johnson

Source: 491 U.S. 397, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/491/397. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court. . .…

Cohen v. California

Source: 403 U.S. 15, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/403/15. JUSTICE HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court. This case…

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Source: 393 U.S. 503, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/393/503. JUSTICE FORTAS delivered the opinion of the Court. The district…

New York Times Company v. Sullivan

Source: 376 U.S. 254, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/376/254. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court. We are…

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. State of Alabama

Source: 357 U.S. 449, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/357/449. Mr. Justice HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court. We…

Dennis v. United States

Source: 341 U.S. 494, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/341/494. CHIEF JUSTICE VINSON announced the judgment of the Court and…

Gender and Equality

"The influence of woman is not limited to the domestic circle. Society is her empire."…

Populists and Progressives

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

“Introductory History”

Source: The Farmers’ Alliance and Agricultural Digest, editor-in-chief Nelson A. Dunning (Washington, D.C.: Alliance Publishing…

“Leaders of Men”

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

“The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements”

Source: Philanthropy and Social Progress: Seven Essays by Miss Jane Addams, Robert A. Woods, Father…

A Call to Action

Source: James B. Weaver, A Call to Action: An Interpretation of the Great Uprising, Its…

“The Inheritance of Property”

Source: Richard T. Ely, “The Inheritance of Property,” North American Review 153, no. 146 (July…

The “Cross of Gold” Address

Source: William Jennings Bryan, The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896 (Chicago:…

Keynote Address at the Populist National Convention

Source: William Jennings Bryan, The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896 (Chicago:…

The Populist Party Platform

Source: National Party Platforms, compiled by Kirk Harold Porter (New York: Macmillan, 1924), 196–200, available…

“The Mission of the Populist Party”

Source: William A. Peffer, “The Mission of the Populist Party,” North American Review 157, no.…

“Recent Tendencies”

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

“Why Women Should Vote”

Source: Jane Addams, “Why Women Should Vote,” Ladies’ Home Journal (January 1910): 21–22, available online…

The Promise of American Life

Source: Herbert Croly, The Promise of American Life (New York: Macmillan, 1909), 28–51, available online…

“The Constitution a Reactionary Document”

Source: J. Allen Smith, The Spirit of American Government: A Study of the Constitution: Its…

The Progressive Party Platform

Source: George Henry Payne, The Birth of the New Party or Progressive Democracy (Atlanta: J.…

“The New Nationalism”

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

“The Right of the People to Rule”

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

Open Letters to Woodrow Wilson

Source: Editorial: “An Open Letter to Woodrow Wilson,” The Crisis (March 1913): 236–37; Editorial: “Another…

Progressive Democracy

Source: Herbert Croly, Progressive Democracy (New York: Macmillan, 1914), 262–66, 268–83, available online at the…

“The Philosophy of the Declaration in the Nineteenth Century”

Source: Carl L. Becker, The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political…

“The Crisis in Liberalism”

Source: John Dewey, Liberalism and Social Action (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1935), 37–61,…

“The American Conception of Liberty”

Source: Frank Johnson Goodnow, The American Conception of Liberty and Government (Providence, RI: Standard, 1916),…

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…

Roth v. US

Source: 354 U.S. 476; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/354/476 Justice BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…

Gregg v. Georgia

Source: 428 U.S. 153; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/428/153#writing-ZS Justice STEWART announced the judgment of the Court, joined by…

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,…

Katz v. US

Source: 389 U.S. 347; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/389/347#writing-ZS Justice STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by…
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