Liberty, Leadership, and Citizenship: Episodes in American History


This conference for business and community leaders examined citizenship and the essentials of American civic life and institutions. Each session took an in-depth look at central documents from American history that elucidate the American understanding of freedom.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Banning, Lance, eds. Liberty and Order: The First American Party Struggle. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/875/63976 (accessed October 6, 2009).

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Nation: Primary Sources, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2009.

Coolidge, Calvin. “Speech on the Occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence [July 5, 1926] .” Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=41 (accessed 08-15-2012).

From the notes of James Madison, “Benjamin Franklin’s Speech of September 17, 1787” In The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. 2, edited by Max Farrand, 641-643. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911.

Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, and James Madison. The Federalist. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Jackson, Andrew, “First Annual Message (The Majority is to Govern)” In An American Primer [Complete and Unabridged], edited by Daniel J. Boorstin, 282-292. New York: Meridian, 1995.

Mann, Horace, “Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education” In An American Primer [Complete and Unabridged], edited by Daniel J. Boorstin, 360-375. New York: Meridian, 1995.

Roosevelt, Theodore. “The New Nationalism.” Dedication of the John Brown Memorial Park, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910.

Thomas, Gabriel, “An Account of Pennsylvania” In An American Primer [Complete and Unabridged], edited by Daniel J. Boorstin, 49-65. New York: Meridian, 1995.

Thoreau, Henry David. A Yankee in Canada with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1892.

Turner, Frederick Jackson. The Frontier in American History. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1921.

Winthrop, John. "A Modell of Christian Charity (1630)." Hanover Historical Texts Project. http://history.hanover.edu/texts/winthmod.html (February 3, 2010).