Monthly Archives: March 2019

Core American Documents: The Bill of Rights


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This collection of documents on the American Founding inaugurates a new series of document collections from

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.

Kindle Edition

Physical Copy

iTunes Ebook (coming soon)


162nd Anniversary of Dred Scott v. Sandford

March 6th is the anniversary of the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision, and in part to mark the event, TAH has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to hold a Seminar at the Missouri History Museum today – “Missouri Statehood, Dred Scott, and the Coming of the Civil War.” Although you can’t attend the program, you can access the free PDF reader from that second link, and access other materials related to Dred Scott below.

Saturday Webinar: FDR vs. Hoover


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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.

Access the full archive here.

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