Directory of U.S. History Reading Passages Available to Download (FREE)

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Below is a list of reading passages available for download. They are roughly in chronological order starting with the most recent. Just click on the one you’re interested in.

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What is the Supreme Court?

Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee

Freedom of Speech Cases

Roe vs. Wade

Tinker vs. Des Moines

Miranda vs. Arizona

Mapp vs. Ohio

Brown vs. Board of Education

Plessy vs. Ferguson

Buck vs. Bell

Dred Scott vs. Sandford

McCulloch vs. Maryland

Marbury vs. Madison

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Pros and Cons of Federalism

Pros and Cons of a Two-Party System

Federalism and Individual Rights

What are the Principles of Democracy?

Causes of Socialism

Primary Source from U.S. Constitution and Articles of Confederation

Overview of the Constitution

The Constitutional Convention

Which Presidents Had Bad Childhoods?

Who were the Funniest Presidents?

Which Presidents were the Best for the Economy?

Which Presidents Were the Best for the Economy?

Pros and Cons of U.S. Territories

What Does a Leftist Believe?

21st Century

President Donald Trump

President Barack Obama

President George W. Bush

Critical Race Theory Principles

20th Century

The 1990s

The 1980s

The 1970s

The 1960s

President Nixon

The 1950s

Causes and Effects of the Red Scare

The Cold War (U.S. Perspective)

Causes of the Cold War

How Did the Soviets React to the Cold War?

What is Economic Imperialism?

World War II

The Dust Bowl

The Great Depression

The Roaring Twenties

Urban v. Rural Life in the 1920s

World War I

19th Century

The Progressive Era

The Spanish-American War

U.S. Industrialization (Gilded Age)

Closing the West


Lincoln’s Plan for Reconstruction

Emancipation Proclamation

The Civil War

The Union and Confederacy Compared

Causes of the Civil War: Antebellum Compromises


Early Reform Movements

Jackson & the Indian Removal Act

Presidency of Andrew Jackson

Jackson & the Bank Wars

Monroe Doctrine

War of 1812

Manifest Destiny

Louisiana Purchase

Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

18th Century

Presidency of John Adams

Presidency of George Washington


The Constitution

Primary Source Documents for the Constitution

Powers Under Federalism

Timeline of the Bill of Rights

The Constitutional Convention

The Articles of Confederation

The American Revolution

Primary Source Documents for the American Revolution

Causes of the American Revolution

17th Century

Marriage From Colonial Times to the Present

Hornbooks in America

Teen Life in the Colonies

13 Colonies

The Southern Colonies

The Middle Colonies

The New England Colonies

Causes of King Philip’s War

Impact of King Philip’s War


Spain & Portugal Explore the Americas

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