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Welcome to the online exhibition of Freedom Riders created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with PBS’s flagship history series, American Experience. It was created as a companion to the American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders.”
The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat, held during the summer and fall of 1858 in Illinois. Lincoln and Douglas had been debating each other for more than twenty years before their famous contest for the US Senate in 1858. They were longtime rivals with contrasting styles and sharp differences in philosophy. But from the beginning almost everyone realized the 1858 debates would be historic.
Take a look at Lincoln, Douglas, and...
Professor of History and Social Justice and Department Head, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Trotter talks about his recent book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II.
Jonathan Zimmerman, NYU historian, discusses the art of writing an op-ed and believes that it remains a critical democratic exercise.
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes Dred Scott's family, including his wife, Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, explaining that "it's a family story that sparks one of the most important legal issues in the coming of the Civil War."
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker discusses the image from the Civil War that he would show students, "if I could show just one," considering the prospects for soldiers from the 4th United States Colored Infantry stationed at Fort Lincoln in November 1865.