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

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Below are a list of reading passages available for download as PDFs. A link to a digital copy is included as well. They are in rough chronological order starting with the most recent. Just click on the one you’re interested in.

This is a growing library, so stop back regularly for updates.


What is the Supreme Court?

Roe vs. Wade

Tinker vs. Des Moines

Miranda vs. Arizona

Mapp vs. Ohio

Brown vs. Board of Education

Plessy vs. Ferguson

Dred Scott vs. Sandford

McCulloch vs. Maryland

Marbury vs. Madison

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21st Century

President Donald Trump

President Barack Obama

President George W. Bush

20th Century

The 1990s

The 1980s

The 1970s

The 1960s

The 1950s

The Cold War (U.S. Perspective)

World War II

The Dust Bowl

The Great Depression

The Roaring Twenties

World War I

19th Century

The Progressive Era

The Spanish-American War

U.S. Industrialization (Gilded Age)

Closing the West


Emancipation Proclamation

The Civil War

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

The Constitutional Convention

The Articles of Confederation

The American Revolution

Causes of the American Revolution

17th Century

13 Colonies

The Southern Colonies

The Middle Colonies

The New England Colonies


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