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Workshops:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

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Workshop 1: The Virginia Company

Primary Source Documents and Images
The Second Charter of Virginia
Instructions from the London Company to the First Settlers
Supplies the Colonists Took to Virginia
The First Settlers
Some Contemporary Explanations for Virginia's Early Failures
The Starving Time
The Rationale for Colonization
Excerpts from the Lawes Divine, Morall and Martiall
The Government Devolved to Captaine Samuel Argall
Richard Frethorne's Account of His Plight in Virginia
Virginia - Map 1607-1624: View Small
Virginia - Map 1607-1624: View Large
Virginia - Map 1607-1624: printable PDF

Workshop 2: Common Sense and the American Revolution

Primary Source Documents and Images
Common Sense (HTML version)
Common Sense (PDF version)
The Olive Branch Petition
The Declaration of Independence
Buckingham County, Virginia, Statement of Independence
James City County, Virginia, Statement of Independence
Malden, Massachusetts, Statement of Independence

Workshop 3: The Lowell System

Primary Source Documents and Images
"A Week in the Mill," Anonymous, Lowell Offering, Volume V
"Editorial: Two Suicides," Harriet Farley, Lowell Offering, Volume IV, 1844
Letters from Susan
Mary Paul Letter
Harriet H. Robinson, "Early Factory Labor in New England"
"Female Workers of Lowell," The Harbinger
Charles Dickens, "General Appearance of Mill Workers," from American Notes
Lucy Larcom, A New England Girlhood

Workshop 4: Concerning Emancipation

Primary Source Documents and Images
Lincoln's First Debate with Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois
Lincoln's Fourth Debate with Douglas at Charleston, Illinois
Appeal to Border-State Representatives for Compensated Emancipation, Washington, D.C.
Address on Colonization to a Committee of Colored Men, Washington, D.C.
An Appeal from the Colored Men of Philadelphia to the President of the United States
Lincoln's Letter to Horace Greeley
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation
Letter to James C. Conkling
Frederick Douglass' "How To End the War"
Letter from John J. Cheatham
Letter from Major George E. Waring Jr.
Letter from General Benjamin F. Butler
Letter from John Boston
Letter from Hannah Johnson
Letter from Corporal James Henry Gooding
Photo of Gordon Cotton: View Small
Photo of Gordon Cotton: View Large
Lincoln Freedmen Memorial: View Small
Lincoln Freedmen Memorial: View Large

Workshop 5: Cans, Coal, and Corporations

Primary Source Documents and Images
Populist Platform 1892: Preamble
Frederick Jackson Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History"
List of Major Turn-of-the-Century Inventions
Samuel Barton, "The Wonderful Development of Florida"
John J. Carty, "New Developments in Electricity Are Enormous"
William Eleroy Curtis, "United States To Dominate the Hemisphere"
Kate Field, "All Depends On Our Women"
W.R. Grace, "A Great Era for South America"
John Habberton, "Of Women, Literature, Temperance, Marriage, Etc."
John J. Ingalls, "Remarkable Changes in Everyday Life"
Asa C. Matthews, "The United States of the Americas"
T.V. Powderly, "No Very Rich or Very Poor"
Thomas De Witt Talmage, "World Improving All the Time"
World's Fair Broadside: View Small
World's Fair Broadside: View Large
World's Fair Photograph -- Lagoon Bird's-Eye: View Small
World's Fair Photograph -- Lagoon Bird's-Eye: View Large
World's Fair Photograph -- Grand Basin: View Small
World's Fair Photograph -- Grand Basin: View Large
World's Fair Photograph -- Ferris Wheel: View Small
World's Fair Photograph -- Ferris Wheel: View Large

Workshop 6: The Census

Primary Source Documents and Images
Office of Management and Budget Directive No. 15
American Anthropological Association Response to OMB Directive 15
American Anthropological Association Statement on "Race"
1830 Census Form
1890 Census Form: Original Document
1890 Census: Printer-Friendly Version
1970 Census Form: Original Document
1970 Census: Printer-Friendly Version
1990 Census Form: Original Document
1990 Census: Printer-Friendly Version
Office of Management and Budget Bulletin 00-02
Census 2000: Race, Hispanic Origin, and Ancestry
General Population and Housing Characteristics: 1990 -- Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, OH

Workshop 7: Disease and History

Primary Source Documents and Images
Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health, by Judith Walzer Leavitt
The Work of a Chronic Typhoid Germ Distributor, George A. Soper, Ph.D.
Typhoid Bacilli Carriers, William H. Park, M.D.
Immunization Certificate: View Small
Immunization Certificate: View Large
Infantile Paralysis Placard Photograph: View Small
Infantile Paralysis Placard Photograph: View Large
Bureau of Public Health Poster: View Small
Bureau of Public Health Poster: View Large

Workshop 8: Korea and the Cold War

Primary Source Documents and Images
"Long Telegram to Washington," George F. Kennan
The Cold War, Walter Lippman
U.S. and Japan Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement
Truman Address on Korea
Chart of Defense Spending
"Capitol Report" No. 60, featuring Senator Robert F. Taft
General Douglas MacArthur Writings, 1950-1951
President John F. Kennedy's University of Washington Speech, November 16, 1961
The Marshall Plan
The Truman Doctrine


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