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This extensive series examines the historical documents that changed and shaped American history. Each 30-minute program examines an era of American history, including the political, social and economic factors that contributed to the creation of each document. This unique series enhances the study of American history through World War I.
America's Documents of Freedom 1215-1774
Topics covered: Magna Carta; Mayflower Compact; Two Treatises of Government; Sugar Act; Stamp Act; Townshend Act.
America's Documents of Freedom 1775-1786
Topics covered: State Constitutions; Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; Common Sense; Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation.
America's Documents of Freedom 1787-1796
Topics covered: Constitution; Federalist Papers; Bill of Rights; Washington's Farewell Address.
America's Documents of Freedom 1798-1814
Topics covered: Alien and Sedition Acts; Louisiana Purchase; Marbury v. Madison; Madison's Declaration of War; Treaty of Ghent.
America's Documents of Freedom 1818-1830: Nationalism & Change
Topics covered: Convention of 1818; McCulloch v. Maryland; Missouri Compromise; Monroe Doctrine; Indian Removal Act.
America's Documents of Freedom 1832-1848: National Expansion
Topics covered: Ordinance of Nullification; Constitution of the American Anti-Slavery Society; Webster-Ashburn Treaty; Oregon Treaty.
America's Documents of Freedom 1848-1857: Compromise & Conflict
Topics covered: Declaration of Sentiments; Married Women's Property Act; Compromise of 1850; Fugitive Slave Act; Kansas-Nebraska Act.
America's Documents of Freedom 1862-1870
Topics covered: Homestead Act; Pacific Railway Act; Morrill Act; Emancipation Proclamation; Gettysburg Address; 13th Amendment.
America's Documents of Freedom 1868-1890: Transformation & Industrialization
Topics covered: Treaty of Fort Laramie; Civil Rights act of 1875; Compromise of 1877; Chinese Exclusion; Dawes General Allotment Act.
America's Documents of Freedom 1896-1916: An Emerging World Power
Topics covered: Plessy v. Ferguson; Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty; Roosevelt Corollary; Federal Reserve Act; Federal trade Commission.
America's Documents of Freedom 1917-1920: World War I Years
Topics covered: Espionage Act & Sedition Act; Selective Service Act; Wilson's Fourteen Points; Treaty of Versailles; Volstead Act; 19th Amendment.