Featured Primary Sources

The Seventies

Nothing can enrich and enliven our understanding of the nation’s past, or dispel apathy about it, more powerfully than primary sources. The primary sources below open up a variety of viewpoints and have been chosen by master teachers specifically for use in the classroom. Affiliate School members can print a packet that includes an image of the document, photograph, or other resource, a transcript where applicable, text to place the document in historical context, and document-based questions. In addition, you may want to search the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself for other resources to enrich your lessons.

J. Edgar Hoover, 1961 (Library of Congress)

J. Edgar Hoover on campus unrest, 1970

Creator: J. Edgar Hoover Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
Gerald Ford, ca. 1979 (GLC05508.103.03)

President Ford’s remarks in Japan, 1974

Creator: Gerald R. Ford Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Gerald Ford appears before Congress on Nixon's pardon. (Library of Congress)

President Ford’s statement on pardoning Richard Nixon, 1974

Creator: Gerald R. Ford Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Nixon and Ford in the Oval Office, 1973 (National Archives)

Proclamation pardoning Richard Nixon, 1974

Creator: Gerald R. Ford Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
Edward Kennedy to Mr. Thursby, April 25, 1973 (GLC09526)

The end of the Vietnam War: conscience, resistance, and reconciliation, 1973

Creator: Edward M. Kennedy Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

Robert F. Kennedy on Vietnam, 1967

Creator: Robert F. Kennedy Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: