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Nov 24, 2015

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/presidential-academy/Session+20+Morel.mp3

Focus

Lincoln claimed to be fighting a war that would lead to "a new birth of freedom," yet some claim he violated civil liberties on an unprecedented scale. How can a war for liberty be reconciled with such violations of civil liberties? Were...


Nov 17, 2015

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/presidential-academy/Session+19+Guelzo.mp3

Focus

As Lincoln recounts the early history of the federal government, what authority did it exercise over slavery? What problems do southerners have with the Republican Party, and how does Lincoln respond to their charges? Why does Lincoln...


Nov 10, 2015

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/presidential-academy/Session+18+Morel.mp3

Focus

What reasons did Southern secession commissioners give for seceding from the Union? What reasons did Alexander Stephens give in defense of the Southern Confederacy?
 
Readings
  • Charles B. Dew, "Apostles of Secession," North and South,...


Nov 10, 2015

TAH.org hosted the fifth in this school year's American Presidents webinar series, this time focusing on the single term presidency of James K. Polk. The 72-minute discussion between scholars was attended by a live teacher audience of 69 from across the country, and touched on topics from Polk's role in Manifest Destiny...


Nov 3, 2015

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/presidential-academy/Session+17+McPherson.mp3

Focus

Why did the South secede? Why did secession lead to war? For a half century the northern, free states coexisted politically in the same nation with southern, slaveholding states. Why and how did that national structure fall apart in...