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Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part IV

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part I

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Fisher Ames: Dangers of American Liberty—Part III

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

Fisher Ames: The Dangers of American Liberty, P2

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

The Case Against Slavery: Lincoln To The Kentuckians, 1859

American Debate In September 1859, following a visit by Stephen Douglas, the Cincinnati Republicans invite Abraham Lincoln to respond. He does so by addressing the...

Commentary—Reynolds on Second Amendment Penumbras

Democratic Thinker, American Thought DISCLAIMER: Democratic Thinker is a member of the National Rifle Association and supports the right of all citizens to defend themselves...

Freedom of Speech—Samuel Adams Shouted Down

Democratic Thinker, American Debate On the evening of October 26, 1791, Samuel Adams rose to speak against repealing the prohibition of theaters in Boston. Those...

Franklin: Freedom of the Press

Democratic Thinker, American Debate Benjamin Franklin, after the adoption of the Federal Constitution, ponders the abuse of the constitutionally protected freedom on the press. But...

Democratic Thinker: Novanglus Essays No. 6: John Adams

John Adams, under the signature of Novanglus, published a series of essays in Boston just prior to the start of the armed conflict in America.