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When Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1852, it ignited a great debate over the practice of slavery in America. A best seller that sold more than one million copies, the novel tells the stories of Tom, a field slave, and Eliza, a household servant, and how they dealt with the horrors of slavery....
These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.
After the Civil War, the United States government commissioned several surveys of the American West. Photography was widely used to document the region's unusual geography, and it was this visual evidence that spurred Congress to create the national park system.
All images are from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
Thomas G. Andrews discusses his book "Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War" and the interconnection between railroads, coal, and steel in southern Colorado, in particular, through the lense of the Ludlow Massacre. His book is divided into three parts. The first, is on why the transition to fossil fuels like coal mattered in the American west. The second part examines what the rapid increase in the use of coal meant for the coal mining regions. The last section deals with the experience of the actual miners.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is James Duncan Professor of History and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. Professor Ulrich won the Pulitzer Prize for her first book, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. In this lecture, she examines cloth-making in the colonial era in New England as a household industry, how and why cloth from the eighteenth century was preserved during the colonial revival, and why eighteenth-century women marked the cloth they made with their names and other details of their lives.