Martha Washington on life after the Revolution, 1784

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This letter from Martha Washington to Hannah Boudinot was written shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, when the Washingtons had returned to Mount Vernon.

Martha Washington to Hannah Boudinot, January 15, 1784 (GLC03909)The Revolutionary War disrupted the home life of Americans for eight years.

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The New York Conspiracy of 1741

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In New York City in 1741 an economic decline exacerbated conflict between slaves engaged in commercial activity and working-class white colonists who felt their jobs were threatened. This tension boiled over in the spring when a series of fires led white New Yorkers to fear a slave uprising. The events became popularly known as the New York Conspiracy of 1741 (also called the Negro Plot or the Slave Insurrection). Nearly 200 people were arrested, including at least twenty whites, some of whom were suspected of being Catholic saboteurs and spies.

Daniel Horsmanden, A Journal of the Proceedings . . . 1744. (GLC04502.01)

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Abraham Lincoln, Inventor, 1849

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Abraham Lincoln’s patent, May 22, 1849, page 3. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)On March 10, 1849, Abraham Lincoln filed a patent for a device for “buoying vessels over shoals” with the US Patent Office. Patent No.

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Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1836. (GLC02559)On March 2, 1836, Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico.

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The Monroe Doctrine, 1823

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 President’s Annual Message to Congress, Washington Republican Extra, Dec. 2, 1823 (GLC04824)

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Jefferson on the French and Haitian Revolutions, 1792

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Thomas Jefferson to Marquis de Lafayette, June 16, 1792. (GLC08063p1)

Thomas Jefferson to Marquis de Lafayette, June 16, 1792. (GLC08063p2)
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The Stamp Act, 1765

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George III
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On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the “Stamp Act” to help pay for British troops stationed in the colonies during the Seven Years’ War. It was a direct tax imposed by the British government without the approval of the colonial legislatures and was payable in hard-to-obtain British sterling, rather than colonial currency.

The Stamp Act, pamphlet, published in London, 1765. (GLC03562.11)

The Stamp Act, pamphlet, published in London, 1765. (GLC03562.11)
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A report on reaction to the Stamp Act, 1765

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Archibald Hinshelwood
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Adverse colonial reaction to the Stamp Act ranged from boycotts of British goods to riots and attacks on the tax collectors. In this letter, Archibald Hinshelwood, merchant and rising politician from Nova Scotia, described his impressions of the Stamp Act and of the resulting colonial unrest.

Archibald Hinshelwood to Joshua Mauger, August 19, 1765. (GLC03902.61)

The Stamp Act denounced, Lossing's History of the United States of America
Archibald Hinshelwood to Joshua Mauger, August 19, 1765. (GLC03902.61)
Archibald Hinshelwood to Joshua Mauger, August 19, 1765. (GLC03902.61)
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Runaway slave ad, 1860

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Enoch M. Duley

Enoch M. Duley, “Two Hundred Dollars Reward!” broadside, KY (GLC06377.01)Runaway slave ads were a reality in America as long as slavery existed.

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World War II: Commemorating Pearl Harbor, 1941

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Remember Dec. 7th! Office of War Information, 1942. (GLC09520.08)

“Remember Dec. 7th!” Office of War Information, 1942. (GLC09520.08)
Remember Dec. 7th! Office of War Information, 1942. (GLC09520.08)
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