50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, by Christopher Burkett

By Christopher Burkett

The Ashbrook Center’s 50 middle American files is intended to introduce

readers to America’s tale because it has opened up from the yankee Founding

into the 20 th Century. some of the files emphasize America’s

uniqueness and contributions to the area, yet in addition they current different

views on a number of the significant matters and disputes in American heritage and government,

especially at the that means of liberty, the injustice of slavery, and the

demands of development. Taken as such, the records demonstrate a type of political

dialogue to readers, an ongoing and profoundly consequential conversation

about how american citizens have agreed and infrequently disagreed at the that means of

freedom and self-government. 50 middle American records invitations teachers

and electorate alike to affix during this American political dialogue.

The Ashbrook heart restores and strengthens the capacities of the American

people for constitutional self-government. the guts teaches scholars and

teachers throughout our state why the USA is outstanding and what America

represents within the lengthy historical past of the area. Ashbrook is the nation’s largest

university-based educator within the enduring ideas and perform of loose government

in the U.S., delivering courses and assets for students,

teachers, and voters.

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Cm. Includes Index 1. United States – Politics and government.  “It is certainly very material that the true doctrines of liberty, as exemplified in our Political System, should be inculcated on those who are to sustain and may administer it,” Madison wrote. ” Madison proceeded to recommend certain fundamental documents as essential reading for future citizens and statesmen, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist, and George Washington’s Farewell Address. The Ashbrook Center’s list of 50 Core American Documents is meant to fulfill those same purposes.

This list is by no means definitive or comprehensive, but is a starting point. It serves as an introduction to aspects of American thought and history that are deeply interesting, even surprising, and that will, we hope, entice readers to want to read and learn more.  They also tell the stories of some of the greatest acts of statesmanship in American history — including George Washington’s prudence in securing the young republic, Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to preserve the Union and end slavery, and Franklin Roosevelt’s attempts to restore confidence to the American people during the Great Depression.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences: For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

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