- ›› Eras and Sub-Eras : The Failure of Compromise
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves. The raiders were captured and John Brown was executed on December 2, 1859. The unique documents discussed here examine John Brown’s beliefs and actions in the context of growing national divisions over slavery in the 1850s.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat, held during the summer and fall of 1858 in Illinois. Lincoln and Douglas had been debating each other for more than twenty years before their famous contest for the US Senate in 1858. They were longtime rivals with contrasting styles and sharp differences in philosophy. But from the beginning almost everyone realized the 1858 debates would be historic.
Take a look at Lincoln, Douglas, and...
Susan Saidenberg, Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions, guides visitors through the Gilder Lehrman Institute's Civil War 150 traveling exhibition.
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes Dred Scott's family, including his wife, Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, explaining that "it's a family story that sparks one of the most important legal issues in the coming of the Civil War."
Historian Matthew Pinsker (Dickinson College) leads a tour of Ford’s Theatre campus, including the main building, the Petersen House, and the Center for Education and Leadership, to explore how history teachers can use the site’s exhibits to teach students of all grade levels.