Lincoln on the execution of a slave trader, 1862

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Abraham Lincoln, Delay of execution for Nathaniel Gordon, Feb. 4, 1862. (GLC)

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Mary Todd Lincoln on life after the White House, 1870

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Mary Todd Lincoln to James Orne, February 4, 1870. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Mary Todd Lincoln’s years in the White House were a combination of triumph and tragedy.

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George Washington from Valley Forge on the urgent need for men and supplies, 1777

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George Washington to the New Hampshire legislature, December 29, 1777. (GLC)George Washington’s words in this letter represent a stirring plea for help at the darkest moment of the American Revolution.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe sends Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1852

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Harriet Beecher Stowe to Prince Albert, March 20, 1852. (GLC)Harriet Beecher Stowe’s opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 inspired her to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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A secret agreement between pirate hunters, 1696

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Agreement between Livingston and Kidd, and Blackham, 1696. (GLC03107.00239)Maritime trade and exploration in the colonial era created an environment ripe for piracy.

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American Colonization Society membership certificate, 1833

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American Colonization Society membership certificate, 1833. (GLC)

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American Colonization Society membership certificate, 1833. (GLC)
American Colonization Society membership certificate, 1833, detail. (GLC)
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African American soldiers at the Battle of Fort Wagner, 1863

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Charge of the Massachusetts 54th, Currier & Ives, 1863. (GLC)

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Union soldier turns medic at Gettysburg, 1863

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Pvt. Elbert Corbin to his wife, July 6, 1863. (GLC)After three days of fierce fighting on July 1–3, 1863, nearly 40,000 battered soldiers lay scattered across the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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“The whole land is full of blood,” 1851

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James William Charles Pennington to unknown, April 29, 1851 (Gilder Lehrman Coll“The whole land is full of blood.”

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A patriot’s letter to his loyalist father, 1778

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Timothy Pickering Jr. to Timothy Pickering Sr., February 23, 1778. (GLC)In February 1778, Timothy Pickering Jr. received word from Massachusetts that his father was dying.

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