Ratification: The Great Debate, State by State

The 2020–21 school year is the most difficult year of teaching in decades. Only the…

Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: Good Winners and Bad Losers

When Lincoln became president on March 4, 1861, white citizens of seven slaveholding states no…

Documents in Detail: Congress

Join us for our last Documents in Detail episode for the 21-22 school year, during…

Documents in Detail: Slavery and Its Consequences

Our Documents in Detail webinar for April 20th, 2022 will focus on Daniel Patrick Moynihan's…

Documents in Detail: The Cold War

Our Documents in Detail webinar for March 16th, 2022 will focus on Harry Truman's Farewell…

Documents in Detail: World War 2

Our Documents in Detail webinar for February 16th, 2022 will focus on FDR's "Four Freedoms"…

Documents in Detail: Reconstruction

Our Documents in Detail webinar for January 22nd, 2022 will focus on Frederick Douglass' "Half…

Documents in Detail: Free Speech

Our Documents in Detail webinar for December 15th, 2021 will focus on Texas v. Johnson.…

How Women Won the Right to Vote

Whenever I begin classroom conversations about women’s suffrage, I always play a “man on the…

Documents in Detail: Gender & Equality

Our Documents in Detail webinar for November 17th, 2021 will focus on Judith Sargent Murray's…

The Elaine Race Massacre

On this day in 1919, during a union meeting of African American tenant farmers in…

Documents in Detail: Causes of the Civil War

Our Documents in Detail webinar for October 20th, 2021 will focus on Abraham Lincoln's 1854…

9/11 — Twenty Years Later, Pt. 1

I don’t remember when I heard the news. The planes hit the north and then…

9/11: The Fallout

Our final episode in this three-part special podcast series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the…

Slavery and Its Consequences – Core Document Seminars

For the last fifteen months, We the Teachers featured our two-volume Core Document Collection, Documents…

Saturday Webinar – Presidential War, Emergency, and Foreign Policy Powers

Our third episode in the Fall 2021 American Presidency Saturday Webinar series, in which we…

America and the World – A Never Ending Debate

If you are old enough, say thirty or older, you remember where you were and…

9/11: The Day

In observance of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, TeachingAmericanHistory interviewed Michael Hurley,…

The Return of the Taliban

We know this story: A charismatic leader drew followers by preaching about the need for…

September 11th at 20 Years: A Special Podcast Series

 In observance of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, TeachingAmericanHistory interviewed Michael…

Documents in Detail: Westward Expansion

Our Documents in Detail webinar for September 22nd, 2021 will focus on Albert Beveridge's "March…

Sandra Day O’Connor: FWOTSC

This month, in the spirit of our Core Document volume Gender and Equality, we are…

The Fall of Kabul

Why did Kabul fall, and fall so quickly, to the Taliban? The simple answer is…

Saturday Webinar: The American Presidency – Powers in Concert and Conflict: Congress and the President

 Part 2 of our Fall 2021 series on the American Presidency, which aired live…

Documents in Detail: The American Revolution

 Our first Documents in Detail webinar for the 21-22 school year took place on…

War for Union or Abolition? Chapter 15 from Documents and Debates

Many years ago, as I browsed the book section of the North Carolina Museum of…

A Naturalized Citizen Shares Her Idealism

“I am an idealist when it comes to American ideals,” said Gabriela Townsend, who teaches…

Introducing the 2021-2022 Webinars: An Interview with Jeremy Gypton

What can you learn from the webinars TAH will offer in the coming school year?…

William McKinley and the First Modern Presidential Election

This week we’re marking the 125th anniversary of the presidential election season of 1896. In…

Saturday Webinar: The American Presidency, Episode 1

The American Presidency: The Executive Power Defined Our first Saturday Webinar for the 21-22 school…

Reaganomics and Clintonian Investment

Two of the largest landslides in American presidential elections occurred just sixteen years apart. President…

RSQs and the Yellow Kid

Rusty Eder, who teaches American history and government at West Nottingham Academy in Maryland, prompts…

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Niagara Movement

A reconstruction of a conversation from late January 2002, my classroom, 2nd period AP US…

Was John Brown a Terrorist?

John Copeland and Lewis Leary were the last two men to join John Brown's small…

The Progressive Challenge to the Founders’ Principles

An Interview with Jason Jividen This month we are featuring our core document collection Populists…

“Peculiar Recognitions:” Unexplainable Events on the Fourth of July

The Civil War had been raging for over two years when Abraham Lincoln began speaking…

Meet Our Teachers: Christina Cote

“I know my students pretty well by the time they are seniors,” says Christina Cote.…

Executive Order 8802: 80 Years Later

This June 25 marks the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 8802,…

A War Among Women?

On October 7, 1983, I boarded a flight at Chicago's O'Hare airport bound for Washington…

Mapp v. Ohio: 60 Years Later

Mapp v. Ohio 367 U.S. 643 (1961)  On May 23, 1957, police officers came to…

The Bear Flag Republic: 175th Anniversary

On June 14, 1846, 175 years ago, north of a small mission town called San…

Summer Reading Ideas

We asked our faculty what books they are reading during the more relaxed months of…

Was James K Polk a Great President? Considering the War with Mexico

In 1982, country music legend Merle Haggard performed for President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy…

West Virginia Achieves Statehood: June 20th, 1863

Over the past three years, I have grown a dual enrollment West Virginia History class…

The West and the Promise of Equal Opportunity

Your coeditor for this volume, Patrick J. Garrity, passed away less than a year after…

The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

On June 1, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a war zone. Just before dawn, a loud whistle…

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Vindication of Human Dignity

When I was a small child in the late 1950s, my family moved from Greensboro,…

The Freedom Summer of 1964

For the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the trip north to Oxford,…

Emergency Quota Act of 1921: 100 Years Later

May 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, the first…

The Mexican-American War: 175 Years Later

175 Years Ago Today: Congress Declares War on Mexico, Invoking Manifest Destiny and Destabilizing the…

Documents in Detail: Frederick Douglass’ Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln

Access the podcast here. Our final Documents in Detail episode for the 2020-21 school year,…
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