Causes of the Civil War

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

A Society of Patriotic Ladies at Edenton in North Carolina

[caption id="attachment_24160" align="aligncenter" width="773"] Robert Sayer And John Bennett , Publisher, and Philip Dawe. A…

Federalist Papers

The Three-Fifths Clause and Federal Representation

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…

Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States

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

Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

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

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,…

Speech to Congress on Foreign Trade

LC-USZC4-4244Source: “Message to Congress Requesting Authority Regarding Foreign Trade,” March 2, 1934. Online by Gerhard…

Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

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

Veto of the Emergency Relief and Construction Bill

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

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,…

Veto of the Muscle Shoals Resolution

Source: Herbert Hoover, “Veto of the Muscle Shoals Resolution,” March 3, 1931. Online by Gerhard…

Press Statement on the Use of Federal Funds for Relief

Source: Herbert Hoover, "Statement on Public vs. Private Financing of Relief Efforts.” Online by Gerhard…

“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…

The Kitchen Debate

Library of Congress Digital Collection, https://goo.gl/H5xk3x. This text is taken from The Cold War: Core…

The Truth about The Trusts: A Description and Analysis of the American Trust Movement

John Moody, The Truth about The Trusts: A Description and Analysis of the American Trust…

Speech to Congress on Social Security

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech to Congress on Social Security, January 17, 1935, The Public…

Speech on Social Security

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

Letter to Senator Simeon Fess (R-OH)

National Archives Catalog, Simeon D. Fess Papers, 1933. https://goo.gl/gMy7Zj. . . . Today we are…

Commonwealth Club Address

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Commonwealth Club Address, September 23, 1932, 3 The Public Papers and Addresses…

Speech on the Smoot-Hawley Tariff

71st Congress, 2d session, Congressional Record 22, pt. 11: 12675-76. . . . [I]t is…

“The Forgotten Man”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Forgotten Man,” April 7, 1932, The Public Papers and Addresses of…

“Principles and Ideals of the United States Government”

Herbert Hoover, “Principles and Ideals of United States Government,” October 22, 1928, Public Papers of…

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…

Tully Essays

Dunlap and Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser, August 23, 26, 28, and September 2, 1794. LETTER…

“The Disagreeable Crisis in the Western Counties”: Report on the Whiskey Rebellion

Source: “To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 5 August 1794,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/kUFNMp.…

Apologia

Source: “Will of Robert Keayne,” in Report of Record Commissioners of the City of Boston,…

Of Property (from Plymouth Plantation)

William Bradford, Of Plimoth Plantation: From the Original Manuscript (Boston: Wright and Potter, State Printers,…

Letter to Edward Carrington

My Dear Sir Believing that I possess a share of your personal friendship and confidence…

Fireside Chat on the Recovery Program

Source: “Fireside Chat (Recovery Program),” July 24, 1933. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T.…

Address to Congress on Program for Economic Recovery

  Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, distinguished Members of the Congress, honored guests, and fellow citizens:…

Annual Message to Congress (excerpt)

It continues to develop that the insurrection is largely, if not exclusively, a war upon…

Letter to Edgar Newton Eisenhower

Dear Ed: I think that such answer as I can give to your letter of…

Letter to Thomas Jefferson

Mount Vernon (Private) My dear Sir, Your letters of the 12th & 13th came duly…

Letter to William Branch Giles

Dear Sir I wrote you a letter yesterday of which you will be free to…

Letter to George Washington

Dear Sir I have determined to make the subject of a letter, what, for some…

Speech on the Presidential Veto of the Bank Bill

Mr. President, no one will deny the high importance of the subject now before us.…

Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal”

Source: “Address at Madison Square Garden in New York City,” October 31, 1932. Online by…

The Webster-Hayne Debates

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Speech of Senator Robert Y. Hayne…

A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency

There is no Science, the Study of which is more useful and commendable than the…

A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency

THERE is no Science, the Study of which is more useful and commendable than the…

Motion on Taxation of Louisiana and Speech in Support of the Motion

A motion was made by Mr. Adams, that the following resolutions be adopted, to wit:…

Opinion on the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States

The Secretary of the Treasury having perused with attention the papers containing the opinions of…
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