I’m likely teaching history next year for highschoolers. I don’t want to use a textbook, and so I’m trying to begin thinking of how I’ll organize the lessons. But I know that I’ll want to use a lot of primary sources. Liberty-oriented or otherwise, what are some good collections of primary sources from American history that are out there?
And I am looking for books or even a website. But something that says: “Hey. These are important.” Not some government or library websites that holds hundreds of primary documents, both influential and not.
Thanks, Tom. I’ve just found that The American Republic and it’s sequel, The American Nation, are both available online here: http://www.liveaction.org/inhuman/. Perhaps Frohnen will someday publish a third installment in the series.
The Avalon Project at Yale’s Web site has a host of primary documents, including a few that I’ve linked to on LibertyClassroom.com.
Besides that, Freehling edited a good collection on the Jacksonian era, Greene edited a good set on the Revolutionary era, Banning has a good book of primary documents from the Early Republic, I’ve repeatedly assigned my students Linden’s VOICES FROM THE GATHERING STORM on the Antebellum period, and there are ongoing or complete multi-volume editions of the papers of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Hamilton, Marshall, Jay, Lincoln, Douglas, Franklin, the First Congress, the Continental Congress, the Philadelphia Convention, the Ratification of the Constitution, etc. Law schools’ chief textbooks are collections of judicial opinions called “casebooks.” The world is your oyster!