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TeachingAmericanHistory.org is history and civics resource website designed for use by K-12 teachers, college faculty, students, and the public at large. It features a searchable library containing thousands of original documents spanning American history from the Colonial Era through the present, primary source document-based lesson plans designed for use in education.
Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points laid out Wilson’s plan for not only a post-war world, but in many ways a new world order, in response to the destruction of World War 1. TAH scholars discuss the meaning of, context around, and impact of Wilson’s ideas in this one-hour webinar.
TeachingAmericanHistory.org is excited to share another resource for American history, government, civics, and social studies teachers. While you may be familiar with our 50 Core American Documents book, we are launching a new 35-volume document collection.
This collection of documents on the American Founding inaugurates a new series of document collections from TeachingAmericanHistory.org.
Each Core American Document volume will contain the following:
Key documents on the period, theme, or institution, selected by an expert and reviewed by an editorial board
An introduction highlighting key documents and themes
A thematic table of contents, showing the connections between various documents
Study questions for each document, as well as questions that refer to other documents in the collection
Notes on each document to identify people, events, movements, or ideas to improve understanding of the document’s historical context.
When complete, the series will be comprehensive and authoritative, and will present America’s story in the words of those who wrote it – America’s presidents, labor leaders, farmers, philosophers, industrialists, politicians, workers, explorers, religious leaders, judges, soldiers; its slaveholders and abolitionists; its expansionists and isolationists; its reformers and stand-patters; its strict and broad constructionists; its hard-eyed realists and visionary utopians – all united in their commitment to equality and liberty, yet so often divided by their different understandings of these most fundamental American ideas.
The latest volume in Teaching American History’s Core American Documents Collections is out – the Bill of Rights. Edited by Professor Gordon Lloyd, this 26-document volume include all the same components of our other Core Documents volumes, with the goal in mind of establishing the context around the creation of the Bill of Rights, and the many sources of the right codified in those first ten amendments to the Constitution. Professor Lloyd explains how he went about choosing documents, and why he started at a somewhat novel point in history – and it’s not Magna Carta.
TAH’S Saturday Webinar on March 3rd, 2019, focused on the ideological, practical, and political debates between Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, primarily during the election campaign of 1932, but reaching deeper into American traditions of limited government and the role of the federal government in the life of the individual.
An essential statement of America’s changing role in the world at the time, both aimed toward the future and rooted in the past, Theodore Roosevelt’s expansion of the Monroe Doctrine helped to define American international status and power.
By definition, the Cold War is an abstraction. Without the sights and sounds of combat we usually associate with international tension and conflict, it can be difficult to fully grasp the enormous impact these 45 years of political hostility between the United States and the Soviet Union had on the world. By studying letters, speech transcripts, and other texts from this era, students can interact with the key voices from the Cold War and begin to understand the circumstances that led to popular culture’s images of Olympic boycotts, Hollywood blacklists, and backyard bomb shelters.
Core Documents Collection
The collection of documents on the Cold War explores the deepening tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. after WWII. The documents go on to examine the associated conditions and power struggles in Asia and the Pacific, which would usher in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Finally, they share the voice of Ronald Reagan, who would begin to see some of the walls come down.
The Cold War Core Document volume contains over two dozen texts, including the following:
Excerpts from the Ambassador in China (Hurley) to the Secretary of State
July 10, 1945
Excerpts from Memorandum by Mr. Edwin A. Locke, Jr., Personal Representative of President Truman
August 20, 1945
Speech at Berkeley, California
Dean Acheson March 16, 1950
NSC-68: United States Objectives and Programs from National Security
April 14, 1950
New Policy of Boldness
John Dulles May 1952
Statement on Liberation Policy
John Dulles January 15, 1953
Observations on Massive Retaliation
Hans J. Moregenthau March 1954
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
House Joint Resolution 1145
Public Law 88-408
August 10, 1964
Vietnam: The Third Face of the War
Lyndon B. Johnson May 13, 1965
Address to the Nation on Iran Arms and Contra Aid
Ronald Reagan March 4, 1987
Remarks at Moscow State University
Ronald Reagan May 31, 1988
You can use some or all of the Core Documents, tailoring them to your curriculum, schedule, and students’ needs. When you plan a lesson around a Core Document rather than a textbook, you will start to see your students making connections that bring the issues surrounding the Cold War to life.
Accessing the Cold War Core Documents is easy. Just click on the link below and find everything you need to bring the Cold War Era into your classroom today!
SYNOPSIS: The Cold War volume of Core Documents Collections is designed to help teachers bring to life for students the enormous impact of this 45-year period of hostility between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Check out this unique resource, provided by Teaching American History.
14 teachers from across the country gathered in Simi Valley, California, from 15-17 February 2019 to study the papers, ideas, and legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Coming from as far as Connecticut, these teachers engaged in six 90-minute discussion sessions in an effort to study Ronald Reagan’s political philosophy and public life, through a collection of his most notable speeches and some biographical material. Discussion Leader for the weekend was Dr. Stephen Knott of the United States Naval War College, a noted Reagan scholar. The weekend was punctuated by a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where attendees experienced Reagan’s 707 Air Force One, interacted with artifacts, videos, and images from his presidency, and learned about the ‘Great Communicator’ and the tumultuous times during which he was active in politics.
TAH.org’s Great American Debates Saturday Webinar for 2 February 2019 focused on the heated years of debate during the late 19th and early 20th centuries over America’s role in the world, and whether or not she should seek to create an empire along the lines of what was common for European states at the time.