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Jeannette Rankin (1880–1973) was the first woman elected to Congress. Rankin, originally from Montana, was a social worker and became involved in the suffrage movement as a student at the University of Washington. She returned to Montana and ran successfully in 1916 as a Republican for Congress, where she supported woman suffrage and western issues, and voted against entering World War I. In the 1918 election she ran for the Senate but did not win. For the next two decades she continued to support social issues and pacifism. The threat of...
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was a founder of the woman suffrage movement. By the 1840s, Stanton was a well known proponent of women’s rights, working as a lecturer and helping to secure married women’s property rights in New York in 1848. That same year, she and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, where Stanton introduced her Declaration of Sentiments. In the early 1850s, Stanton began working with Susan B. Anthony on suffrage and women’s rights issues, a partnership that would continue for...
Americans everywhere felt the terrible effects of the Great Depression, but in the cities, millions of people living in close quarters were thrown out of work and into even deeper poverty than they had known before the economy's collapse. These photographs, which appear in this issue of History Now courtesy of the Lower East Side Tenement...
Two hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln’s historical importance endures. . . . A man for all times, Lincoln has become a global figure. People around the world take inspiration from the principles, words, and resolute leadership of the sixteenth President of the United States.
This exhibition presents a variety of original documents and images highlighting the story of the abolition of slavery between 1787 and 1865 in England and America. Each item has its own historic significance as well as a place in the broader progress of abolitionist thinking, from the moment William Wilberforce joined the British...
For more than 225 years the principle of freedom and our understanding of its implications have evolved dramatically. The selections from this exhibition invite you to read the words and see the images of the men and women who forged this nation. Their words and images provide insights into the complexity of the past. James G. Basker, the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, guides viewers through this exploration of the evolution of liberty in the United States.
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves. The raiders were captured and John Brown was executed on December 2, 1859. The unique documents discussed here examine John Brown’s beliefs and actions in the context of growing national divisions over slavery in the 1850s.
When Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1852, it ignited a great debate over the practice of slavery in America. A best seller that sold more than one million copies, the novel tells the stories of Tom, a field slave, and Eliza, a household servant, and how they dealt with the horrors of slavery....