Selected Primary Source documents from U.S. History (1800-1848). This packet works with Unit 4 in the new AP U.S. History curriculum. The file has been designed so that there are large margins on each page to allow for student annotation of documents. Documents will work for students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.
PDF is 27 pages in length, and most of the sources have been edited for student use.
Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address
Quotes from Thomas Jefferson about the Louisiana Purchase; Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Senator John C. Breckenridge; Thomas Jefferson’s Third Annual Message to Congress; Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas
Image: A Boxing Match, or Another Bloody Nose for John Bull
Captain Cushing in the War of 1812
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
John Quincy Adams - Diary Entry
Letter from Mary Barney to Andrew Jackson
President Andrew Jackson State of the Union Address 1830
Andrew Jackson - Bank Veto Message, July 10, 1832
President Jackson’s “Proclamation Regarding Nullification,” December 10, 1832.
Catharine Beecher, An Essay on Slavery
Angelina Grimke, Letters to Catharine Beecher
Horace Mann, Twelfth Annual Report to the Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, 1846
Frederick Douglass’ Narrative
Angelina Grimke Weld: Speech in Pennsylvania Hall
From David Walker’s Appeal
William Lloyd Garrison’s Response to Walker
William Lloyd Garrison from The Liberator - January 1, 1831
Sojourner Truth - “Ain’t I A Woman?”
Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience