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…

South Carolina’s Declaration of the Causes of Secession

Source: Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina…

Republican Party Platform

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

Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society

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

Reply to the Dred Scott Decision

Source: Frank Crosby, LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, HIS EARLY HISTORY AND POLITICAL CAREER; TOGETHER WITH…

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…

Letter to John Holmes

Source: Thomas Jefferson to John Holmes. -04-22, 1820. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mtjbib023795/. I…

Speech on the Oregon Bill

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

Compromise of 1850

Source: Congressional Globe, 31st Congress, 1st Session, 244–47, https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llcg&fileName=022/llcg022.db&recNum=331. Clay presented his resolutions in a…

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…

“An Irrepressible Conflict”

Source: The Irrepressible Conflict: A Speech Delivered at Rochester, Monday, Oct. 25, 1858 (New York:…

“Homecoming” Speech at Chicago

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

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Source: Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, ed. Philip S. Foner (Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 1999),…

First Inaugural Address

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

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

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

Fragment on the Constitution and Union

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

Distribution of the Slave Population by State

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

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. Tallmadge,…

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…

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…

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases of the 20th Century, hosted by OK CSS (Norman, OK)

  Study a selection of essential Supreme Court cases from the 20th Century at this…

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…

Exploring the Link between Womanhood and the Rabbinate

Source: [Amy Eilberg], “Exploring the Link between Womanhood and the Rabbinate: Lilith Interviews the First…

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:…

The Justices’ View on Brown v. Board of Education

Source: Harold H. Burton to Earl Warren, and Felix Frankfurter to Warren, May 17, 1954,…

One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and the Problems of Reconstruction, hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council (Kansas City, MO)

Study the problems that faced Abraham Lincoln regarding a reconstructed Union before, during, and after…

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…

Boumediene v. Bush

Source: United States Reports. Volume 553, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

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…

First Inaugural Address (1861)

Source:  Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, Final Version, March 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers (Series 1: General Correspondence, 1833 to 1916), Library…

I Have A Dream

Source: Text is from the online version provided by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research…

The Revised Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan

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

Arguments for Constitutional Amendments

Source: 1 Annals of Cong. 424-450 (1789). Mr. MADISON. — I will state my reasons…

The Jefferson-Madison Exchange

Source: Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, eds., The Essential Bill of Rights (Lanham, Maryland: University…

Federalist No. 10

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

Gerry, Mason, and Randolph Decline to Sign the Constitution

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

The Fugitive Slave 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…
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