Less than 10 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Revolutionary War veteran and NY State Legislator Jedediah Peck was arrested for distributing a petition.
The documents presented here are used in a classroom activity for high school students and develops the skill of “Historical Issues-Analysis & Decision-Making.”
Though freedom of the press is one of our most cherished liberties, fully enjoying it has not always been possible. This is especially true during times of stress for the nation and government.
The notion of freedom of the press was tested just a few years after the Bill of Rights when political parties developed in the mid-1790s.
Primary sources and teaching activities provide students an opportunity to compare and contrast attitudes on immigration during this turbulent period in modern history.
Recent highlights of primary sources newly added to DocsTeach
Students in New Jersey examined letters to Congress, comparing points of view and main arguments. One letter was in favor of women's suffrage. The other was from a women’s group opposed to giving women the right to vote.
A journal article and podcast provide a deeper dive into students rights cases, including Tinker v. Des Moines.
When the United States entered World War I, among the hundreds of thousands of men who registered for the first round of the draft that year were immigrants from all corners of the world.
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