Topic: International Relations

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Jefferson, the Barbary War, and 9/11: Analyzing Constitutional Principles and Evaluating how America Goes to War

The Barbary War has often been overlooked in the study of American history, but there were significant precedents established by the decision made to take America into it’s...
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Unconventional Enemies: Should the United States negotiate with terrorists?

This lesson plan helps students make connections between Thomas Jefferson’s handling of the Barbary Pirates and contemporary presidential actions toward unconventional enemies of the United States, including Jimmy...
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Protecting that Ball of Liberty: Comparing Jeffersonian and Wilsonian Views Of Democracy In the World

Students will compare the foreign policy of both Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson by completing a comparison chart. The chart requires students to recall background context, find examples...
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40th Annual Naturalization Keynote

In this July 4 naturalization ceremony speech at Monticello, author Frank McCourt shares his love for America and its diversity. This love for America drove him to move...
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A General View of the Conduct of the French in America

This article in a Maryland newspaper was reprinted from an English source. It acknowledges the fact that by the mid-eighteenth century, many English people had become aware of...
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A New Map of the World

This 1719 map provides a comprehensive overview of the world as it was understood in the early eighteenth century. Although the map accurately depicts the continents of Africa...
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An East Indiaman in Stays with a Fleet Chase Beyond

In the foreground, an East Indiaman, a large ship that carried trade goods between Asia, Britain, and the colonies, hovers in the ocean. In the distance, ships from...
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Charleston Non-Importation Agreement

This 1769 document is an agreement in which the residents of Charleston agreed to boycott all goods imported from England. In protest against British policies, residents agreed to...
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Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress

This document was issued by the First Continental Congress. In response to Parliament’s passage of the Coercive Acts, 12 of the 13 colonies sent delegates to a meeting...
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Francis Kinloch to Jefferson

This South Carolina planter reacted to Jefferson’s view that “the minds of our citizens may be ripening for a complete emancipation.” In the Carolina low country, slaves vastly...