Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on the Siege of Vicksburg, 1863

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Ulysses S. Grant to Stephen A. Hurlbut, May 31, 1863 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)One of the Union’s top military objectives was to gain control of the Mississippi River, and thereby split the Confederacy in two. General Ulysses S.

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“Men of Color, To Arms! To Arms,” 1863

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“Men of Color, to Arms! to Arms!” broadside, ca. 1863 (Private Collection)After the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted on January 1, 1863, black leaders including Frederick Douglass swiftly moved to recruit African Americans as soldiers.

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The United Nations and the international community, 1967

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Israel Goldstein to John D. Buchanan, September 13, 1967. (Gilder Lehrman CollecIn this 1967 letter, Dr. Israel Goldstein, a prominent American rabbi and Zionist, comments on the United Nations as a peacekeeping organization.

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Building Carnegie Hall, 1889

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Andrew Carnegie to Hiram Hitchcock, January 31, 1889 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)In early 1889, industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was working on plans for a major music hall in New York City.

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Panama Canal proposal, 1881

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Ulysses S. Grant to Nathan Appleton, January 7, 1881 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)In his first address to Congress as President in 1869, Ulysses S. Grant called for the construction of a canal connecting the Pacific and Caribbean through the isthmus of Panama.

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Condolence letter from General MacArthur, 1950

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Douglas MacArthur to Mary Cushman, October 24, 1950. (GLC05508.173)In 1950, with Soviet support, North Korea invaded South Korea.

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Immigration cartoon, 1916

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“The Americanese wall - as Congressman [John Lawson] Burnett would build it ,” 1916. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

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Charles Guiteau’s reasons for assassinating President Garfield, 1882

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Charles J. Guiteau, “My Case” [poem], June 1, 1882 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Charles Julius Guiteau employed the unusual defense of poetry to plead his innocence while on trial for assassinating President James Garfield.

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Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address, 2009

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Inaugural Parade. Michelle and Barack Obama watch the parade from the viewi

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Ronald Reagan on economics and political parties, 1962

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Ronald Reagan to Harold Ward, May 26, 1962. (GLC00782.17)In May 1962, Ronald Reagan wrote this letter expressing his ideas about economic policy and the nation’s political parties.

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