This online exhibition is narrated by James G. Basker, the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It explores Lincoln’s legacy through letters and speeches written in his own hand.
These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.
This online exhibition, produced for the Civil War 150 partnership with The Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the most transformative period in American history. An adaptation of the traveling exhibition, this online version uses audio clips of dramatic readings of thirteen documents and selected downloadable documents.
NYU Professor of the Humanities Thomas Bender argues that the idea of American exceptionalism has hobbled the study of American history. Bender traces the study of history from the "men of letters" historians of the nineteenth century up to the present, and explains why a more worldly history curriculum would help students to better understand events throughout American history.