A View of Savannah, Georgia, 1734

A primary source by Pierre Fourdrinier
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The colony of Georgia was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, a British Member of Parliament. Oglethorpe planned Savannah as a place where the poor could come to make a better life. This image of the year-old settlement in 1734 shows a grid of streets and squares carefully planned out by Oglethorpe.

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Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano
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Olaudah Equiano purchased his own freedom in England and published his autobiography in 1789. Many people read Equiano’s Narrative, and his account exposing the horrors of slavery influenced Parliament’s decision to end the British slave trade in 1807.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.... (London, 1794). (LibWithin ten years of the first North American settlements, Europeans began transporting captured Africans to the colonies as slaves.

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The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln

Emancipation Proclamation [California printing, Cheesman copy], January 1, 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation was shaped by both pragmatic considerations and Lincoln’s deeply held, lifelong hatred of slavery.

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The “House Divided” Speech, ca. 1857–1858

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Abraham Lincoln, notes for the “House Divided” speech, ca. December 1857 (Gilder

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De Soto’s discovery of the Mississippi, 1541

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Johnson, Fry & Co.
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In 1539, Hernando de Soto led the first major European expedition into the interior of the southeastern North America, an area then known as “La Florida.” This nineteenth-century engraving depicts Hernando de Soto’s discovery of the Mississippi River at a point below Natchez on May 8, 1541.

De Soto's Discovery of the Mississippi, 1858

De Soto's Discovery of the Mississippi, 1858
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President Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, 1861

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Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.On March 4, 1861, the day Abraham Lincoln was first sworn into office as President of the United States, the Chicago Tribune printed this special pamphlet of his First Inaugural Address.

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Landing of Columbus, 1492

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The Landing of Columbus, by John Vanderlyn, came to be the prevailing representation in the American imagination of Columbus’s discovery of the New World.

Landing of Christopher Columbus, 1856This engraving depicts Columbus’s first landing in the New World, on the island he called San Salvador, on October 12, 1492.

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