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  • Summer Video Roundup

    Summer Video Roundup

    Historical Spotlight is currently featuring a video series on the Supreme Court case of Hylton v. United States. Perhaps you are wondering why we chose such an obscure case to examine. Why couldn’t we have picked more commonly studied cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott or Roe? The reason is because we believe that this often-overlooked case is one of the most important cases in Supreme Court history. It is actually the first case that involved judicial review. In Marbury v. Madison (1803), […]

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  • The Battle of Gettysburg: 9 Reasons Why the Confederates Lost Part 1

    With their loss at Gettysburg, the high water mark of the Confederacy was reached and hopes of an independent country were dashed. The question that historians always seem to ponder is how did an army flush with success and with momentum on their side lose this battle? Relying heavily on General E. Porter Alexander’s Fighting for the Confederacy, this video will attempt to answer that question.

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  • The Battle of Gettysburg: 9 Reasons Why the Confederates Lost Part 2

    With their loss at Gettysburg, the high water mark of the Confederacy was reached and hopes of an independent country were dashed. The question that historians always seem to ponder is how did an army flush with success and with momentum on their side lose this battle? Relying heavily on General E. Porter Alexander’s Fighting for the Confederacy, this video will attempt to answer that question.

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  • The American System Part 3: Henry Clay vs. Andrew Jackson

    In Part 3 of The American System we will examine the beginnings of Henry Clay’s American System and proceed to focus on the divisive nature of the plan. The differing constitutional views between Clay and President Andrew Jackson on federal subsidies for internal improvements will also be highlighted. Historical Topics Covered: Henry Clay (1777 – 1852) American System (Federal Subsidies for internal improvement, national bank, protective tariffs) The Whig Party The Democratic Party John C. Calhoun The Bonus Bill of […]

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  • The American System Part 2: Opposition to Hamilton’s Plan

    The American System Part 2: Opposition to Hamilton’s Plan

    From the nation’s earliest days, Congress has struggled with the fundamental issue of the Federal government’s proper role in fostering economic development. One early government attempt at this was a plan called the American System. The United States Senate website says this about the American System: “Henry Clay’s ‘American System,’ devised in the burst of nationalism that followed the War of 1812, remains one of the most historically significant examples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation’s […]

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  • The American System Part 1: Alexander Hamilton’s Plan

    From the nation’s earliest days, Congress has struggled with the fundamental issue of the Federal government’s proper role in fostering economic development. One early government attempt at this was a plan called the American System. The United States website says this about the American System Henry Clay’s “American System,” devised in the burst of nationalism that followed the War of 1812, remains one of the most historically significant examples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation’s agriculture, […]

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  • The Whiskey Rebellion

    The Whiskey Rebellion Historical Spotlight takes a look at a time in history, shortly following the creation of America’s Constitutional Republic, when Americans became really angry at being taxed. Watch our video to learn more about the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion. Historical Topics Covered: National War Debt after Revolutionary War Alexander Hamilton’s Economic Plan: (Consolidation of Federal & State Debt, Tariffs, Excise Tax) War Bonds Speculation Whiskey Act of 1791 Whiskey Rebellion 1791 View Study Questions & More Resources.

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  • McCulloch v. Maryland Part 1

    McCulloch v. Maryland Part 1

    McCulloch v. Maryland Part 1 McCulloch v. Maryland was the 1819 Supreme Court case that dramatically impacted the way the United States has been governed for almost 200 years. This case dealt with the constitutionality of the 2nd Bank of the U.S. and involved such issues as the power of the state versus the power of the federal government, what happens when the two come into conflict, & should the U.S. Constitution be interpreted narrowly or broadly? Historical Spotlight examines the events […]

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  • McCulloch v. Maryland Part 2

    McCulloch v. Maryland Part 2

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  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression

    The Great Depression

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