General Sherman on the “March to the Sea,” 1865

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William T. Sherman to James H. Wilson, January 21, 1865. (GLC02947)In the fall of 1864, Gen. James H. Wilson took command of Gen. William T. Sherman’s cavalry.

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Thomas Jefferson’s opposition to the Federalists, 1810

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Thomas Jefferson to David Howell, December 15, 1810. (GLC01027)The Federalist Party evolved from the core of Federalists, like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, who wrote and defended the US Constitution in 1787–1788.

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Alexander Hamilton’s “gloomy” view of the American Revolution, 1780

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Alexander Hamilton to François, Marquis de Barbé-Marbois, October 12, 1780 (GLC)By October 1780, in the midst of the American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton was discouraged by the apparent apathy of the American

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John Winthrop describes life in Boston, 1634

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John Winthrop to Nathaniel Rich, May 22, 1634. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Between 1629 and 1640, 20,000 Puritans left England for America to escape religious persecution.

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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)
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