This academy provides high school teachers of American History and Government throughout the state with a chance to develop new insights into their subject fields by offering a series of seminars that focus on key ideas, figures, and events in history of American democracy. 

Each year, we focus on a different theme. Previous themes concentrated on (1) majority rule and minority rights, (2) the origins and legacy of the Bill of Rights, (3) Missouri’s struggle for statehood, and (4) revolutions. The 2021 year’s theme was “Contested Elections, Electoral Calamities, and Controversial Transitions in Presidential Power.”

Contested Elections, Electoral Calamities, and Controversial Changes in Presidential Power

Scholars have submitted the videos below, and they are available for your viewing at your convenience.

Founders' Expectations

Presented by Michael Faber, Texas State University

12th Amendment/Election of 1824

Presented by Matthew Brogdan, University of Texas at San Antonio

Tyler Ascendancy

Presented by Dr. Steve Belko, Missouri Humanities 

Election of 1860

Presented by Michael Faber, Texas State University

Election of 1876

Presented by Tommy Upchurch, East Georgia State College

Election of 1912

Presented by Joseph Postell, Hillsdale College

Election of 2000

Presented by Rich Dougherty, University of Dallas

Election of 2020

Presented by Stephen Graves, University of Missouri

Presidential Authority in Crises

Presented by Ben Kleinerman, Baylor University