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REACH Act Resources: American History and Government: Home

Resources for teaching and learning about American history and government with particular emphasis on materials required by the 2021 South Carolina REACH (Reinforcing Education on America’s Constitutional Heritage) Act.

United States Founding Documents

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence expresses the ideals on which the United States was founded and the reasons for separation from Great Britain.

United States Constitution

The Constitution defines the framework of the Federal Government of the United States.

Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 announcing "that all persons held as slaves" within the  rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist, commonly referred to as the Federalist Papers, is a series of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison between October 1787 and May 1788. The essays were published anonymously, under the pen name "Publius," in various New York state newspapers of the time.

African American Freedom Struggle: Freely Available

African American Freedom Struggle: CofC Login

College of Charleston Libraries offer access to some of the most essential primary source materials documenting slavery, abolition, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Black freedom struggle in the 20th century. Just login with your CofC credentials!

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Justice: Freely Available

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Justice: CofC Login