Announcing Our 50th Self-Paced Course: American Colonies, led by Alan Taylor

Gilder Lehrman Self-Paced Courses offer graduate-level instruction in American history led by the nation’s top historians. We are pleased to announce that the addition of Alan Taylor’s American Colonies course now brings us to 50 Self-Paced Courses! American Colonies Award-winning historian Alan Taylor examines Spanish, French, Dutch, and British encounters with Native peoples of North America during the initial centuries of colonization: 1492–1800. American Colonies combines the “Atlantic”… Read more

Spotlight on the MA: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Registration is now open for fall courses in the new Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History—an affordable, fully online master’s degree program, led by renowned, award-winning historians, that brings together the leading non-profit American history organization and one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The Fall 2022 term begins September 22, 2022, and ends December 14, 2022. We highlight here one of the fall courses:  The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin… Read more

Announcing the 2022 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the twenty-fourth annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African American experience. Jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, this annual prize of $25,000 recognizes the best book written in English on slavery, resistance, and/or abolition… Read more

History U Offers New Course on Frederick Douglass for High School Students

The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s History U offers free, graduate-level American history courses with top scholars for high school students. NEW COURSE! The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass with Professor David Blight In this course, David Blight, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, probes the nature of the life, work, and thought of the nineteenth-century abolitionist, orator, and author Frederick Douglass. Students will examine in depth the public and… Read more

2022 State History Teachers of the Year Announced

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is proud to announce the 2022 State History Teachers of the Year. Since 2004, 960 exemplary American history teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools in all fifty states, Department of Defense schools, Washington DC, and US territories have been named State History Teacher of the Year. Many have gone on to work with the Institute, many as master teachers for programs such as History School. Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award… Read more