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This collection will serve that desire very well. It begins at the beginning, with the Declaration of Independence (of course), and continues chronologically all the way to a speech given by Ronald Reagan in 1964, in which he explained why he changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
This is a publication of the Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and the selection of documents included here does reflect a very conservative point of view. Each document is preceded by a short introduction that gives an introduction and perspective on the meaning of the document from the point of view of the editor. That does not mean that the book should be read only by conservatives, though. The documents here are all historically important and worthwhile for anyone to read and ponder, regardless of political point of view.
Documents included are the following:
Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments
by James Madison | June 20, 1785
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
by Thomas Jefferson | January 16, 1786
Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787
by James Madison | 1787
Constitution of the United States
September 17, 1787
by Brutus | October 18, 1787
The Federalist No. 1
by Publius (Alexander Hamilton) | October 27, 1787
by Brutus | November 1, 1787
The Federalist No. 10
by Publius (James Madison) | November 22, 1787
The Federalist No. 51
by Publius (James Madison) | February 6, 1788
Speech on Amendments to the Constitution
by James Madison | June 8, 1789
Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport
by George Washington | August 18, 1790
Bill of Rights
December 15, 1791
by James Madison | March 29, 1792
by George Washington | September 19, 1796
First Inaugural Address
by Thomas Jefferson | March 4, 1801
Marbury v. Madison
by Supreme Court of the United States (5 U.S. 137) | February 24, 1803
Letter to John Holmes
by Thomas Jefferson | April 22, 1820
by James Monroe | December 2, 1823
Letter to Henry Lee
by Thomas Jefferson | May 8, 1825
Letter to Roger C. Weightman
by Thomas Jefferson | June 24, 1826
The Webster-Hayne Debates
by Daniel Webster and Robert Y. Hayne | January 1830
Fort Hill Address
by John C. Calhoun | July 26, 1831
Veto Message of the Bill on the Bank of the United States
by Andrew Jackson | July 10, 1832
Proclamation Regarding Nullification
by Andrew Jackson | December 10, 1832
Speech on the Oregon Bill
by John C. Calhoun | June 27, 1848
"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"
by Frederick Douglass | July 5, 1852
Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise
by Abraham Lincoln | October 16, 1854
Dred Scott v. Sandford
by Supreme Court of the United States (60 U.S. 393) | March 6, 1857
Fragment on the Constitution and Union
by Abraham Lincoln | January 1861
"Corner Stone" Speech
by Alexander H. Stephens | March 21, 1861
Final Emancipation Proclamation
by Abraham Lincoln | January 1, 1863
by Abraham Lincoln | November 19, 1863
Resolution Submitting the Thirteenth Amendment to the States
by Abraham Lincoln | February 1, 1865
Second Inaugural Address
by Abraham Lincoln | March 4, 1865
Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln
by Frederick Douglass | April 14, 1876
Plessy v. Ferguson
by Supreme Court of the United States (163 U.S. 537) | May 18, 1896
Roosevelt Corollary to Monroe Doctrine
by Theodore Roosevelt | December 06, 1904
New Nationalism Speech
by Theodore Roosevelt | August 31, 1910
Progressive Party Platform of 1912
August 7, 1912
"Fourteen Points" Message
by Woodrow Wilson | January 8, 1918
Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
by Calvin Coolidge | July 5, 1926
Commonwealth Club Address
by Franklin D. Roosevelt | September 23, 1932
Speech on the Consequences of the Proposed New Deal
by Herbert Hoover | October 31, 1932
1944 State of the Union Address
by Franklin D. Roosevelt | January 11, 1944
The Long Telegram
by George Kennan | February 22, 1946
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka I and II
by Supreme Court of the United States (347 U.S. 483) | May 17, 1954
"I Have a Dream" Speech
by Martin Luther King, Jr. | August 28, 1963
"Great Society" Speech
by Lyndon B. Johnson | May 22, 1964
"A Time for Choosing"
by Ronald Reagan | October 27, 1964
(1) Usually such collections consist of documents that mark and celebrate progress toward democracy, prosperity, and equality, and this volume has many of the traditional choices. Editor Christopher Burkett has, however, included many documents that speak for less laudatory movements in American history. John C. Calhoun’s and Alexander Stephens’ defenses of states’ rights and slavery are in the collection. So is the Supreme Court opinion in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, which allowed “separate but equal” schools for African-Americans. Adding these documents shifts the tone of the book -- away from the usual celebration, towards a better understanding of the past.
(2) The compilation is heavily weighted toward the first century of America’s national experience. The first 35 documents run from the Declaration of Independence to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, leaving only 15 documents to represent the century and a half since the end of the Civil War. The 15 documents are well chosen, but one notices the omissions – The Atlantic Charter, the Four Freedoms, Chaplain Gittelsohn’s eulogy over the dead of Iwo Jima, President Kennedy’s inaugural address, and so on. A companion volume with more recent documents is in order.
(3) Most readers will encounter many new selections: several Jefferson letters, excerpts from Madison’s notes on the Constitutional Convention, speeches by Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. George Kennan’s Long Telegram is another unexpected choice.
(4) This is not a collection of quotable short quotes, but longer documents have been abridged. Each document is preceded by a short scenesetter and a list of questions to consider, increasing the volume’s teaching value.
Professor Burkett and the Ashbrook Press have done a fine service in publishing this collection.
Landmark cases heard in the Supreme Court give insight as to the evolution of government as seen from the highest court in the land. Marbury vs. Madison, Dred Scott vs. Sandford, Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. The Board of Education are among them. Foreign policy touchstones like the Monroe Doctrine, New Nationalism Speech and A Time for Choosing demonstrate debates over foreign policy.
Human rights are discussed by Frederick Douglas and John C. Calhoun, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon Johnson. Milestone documents include the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the “I Have a Dream” speech.
While by no means exhaustive, this well organized collection of historic documents that are keystones of American history are a valuable reference resource for students of history, teachers and librarians. Appropriate for ages ten and older. Put this one on your reference shelf or homeschooling curriculum.