5. Publications

History Now

Current Issue: “The Declaration of Independence and the Long Struggle for Equality in America,” History Now 63 (Summer 2022)

Since 2004, more than two dozen essays related to the Declaration of Independence have been published in various issues of History Now, the online journal of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Selected essays are available here, to provide historical perspective on the Declaration and its legacy for teachers, students, and general readers.

To read these essays, subscribe to History Now (free for Affiliate School teachers and their students).

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Why Documents Matter

Why Documents Matter: American Originals and the Historical Imagination features documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, ranging from a letter written by a Jamestown colonist in 1622 to the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009. These documents include handwritten letters by leading figures such as George Washington and Frederick Douglass as well as by everyday people who lived through momentous times. They can be the focus of language arts and literacy education as well as history and civics courses. But they are also of interest to the general reader because they not only serve as historical evidence, they also deepen and humanize our sense of history. Purchase your copy here.

Slavery and Abolition in the Founding Era: Black and White Voices (GLI, 2021)

Slavery and Abolition in the Founding Era: Black and White Voices brings together long-forgotten writings from this period, including twenty-five texts in different genres by more than nineteen different writers, spanning the forty-five-year period from the 1770s to the end of the War of 1812. The writings show that opposition to slavery was surprisingly widespread. Purchase your copy here.

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Paul Revere’s engraving of British troops in Boston Harbor, 1768

Paul Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre, 1770

Phillis Wheatley, 1773

“The Voice of the Liberty Bell, 1776–1926”

“Americans Will Always Fight for Liberty, 1778–1943”

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