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George Washington, by Rembrandt Peale, ca. 1852 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

“No Event Could Have Filled Me with Greater Anxieties”: George Washington and the First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

George Washington’s fame rests not upon his words but upon his deeds. Therefore, his First Inaugural Address is sometimes overlooked. This is unfortunate because the words he delivered on Thursday, April 30, 1789, not only launched the new...

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Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was a peerless work of political theology, evoked in the native tongue he had mastered in the same diligent way...

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Programs & Exhibitions

The Gilder Lehrman Institute promotes the study and love of American history through a wide array of programs and exhibitions for teachers, students, historians, and the general public. From weeklong seminars and other professional development...

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America’s First Ladies on Twentieth-Century Issues

Unit Overview

Over the course of three to four lessons the students will analyze five primary source documents. These documents are the abridged transcripts of speeches by five of our country’s first ladies: Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, Nancy...

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Gettysburg: Insights and Perspectives


EssaysThe American Civil War by Gary W. Gallagher

Featured Primary Sources...

Angelina Grimke’s Appeal to the Christian Women of the South, 1836. (Gilder Lehr

Angelina and Sarah Grimke: Abolitionist Sisters

Angelina Grimke and her sister Sarah Grimke were legends in their own lifetimes. Together these South Carolina sisters made history: daring to speak...

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American Poets, American History

From the ArchivesEssaysLincoln and Whitman, by David S. ReynoldsImmigrant Fiction: Exploring an American Identity, by Phillip LopateFeatured Primary Sources...
Frontispiece from Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Mo

A Poem Links Unlikely Allies in 1775: Phillis Wheatley and George Washington

One of the most surprising connections of the American Revolutionary era emerged at the very beginning of the war between the African American poet...

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