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On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars. This Boston newspaper, the Columbian Centinel, published on September 5, 1812, reveals New Englanders’ concerns over the international crisis as well as concerns at home.
Why Documents Matter: An Interactive Digital Edition is a selection of primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection curated and annotated for K–12 classrooms.
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.
These teaching resources and interactive incorporate excerpts from Revolutionary era books exhibited in Liberty and Revolution at the Princeton University Library in 2009. Drawn from the collection of Sid Lapidus, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue marked the gift of these printed works to Princeton University.
The use of these selected primary sources from the Sid Lapidus Collection...
The Cold War was more than the product of post-World War II tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union argues John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. Rather, it was the product of events extending all the way back to the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Russia and the United States would become the world's foremost powers. In this lecture, Gaddis examines U.S.-Soviet relations from the nineteenth century through the end of World War II, tracing the myriad causes of the Cold...
Michael F. Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of History and chair of the history department at the University of Virginia. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party presents the first full-scale history of the American Whig Party and shows how the Whig Party struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a compromise between North and South.
Explore just one of the fascinating items from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History collection!
Jeremi Suri, a historian at the University of Texas at Austin, argues that Americans have never been isolated from international politics and military conflicts, but rather have projected power on the world stage since before the Revolutionary War. Yet during the late 19th century, Suri notes, American involvement abroad grew profoundly deeper, broader, and more militaristic.