Teacher and Student Reunited through Pace–Gilder Lehrman American History MA

Their lives had taken different paths in the years since Bruno Morlan Villafuerte sat in Shannon Rosenfeld’s first AP Government class thirteen years ago, but these paths converged in 2020 through the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Shannon and her former student Bruno, now a high school teacher himself, recognized each other during a live Q&A session in their Spring 2020 American Immigration course taught by UT Austin professor Madeline Hsu in the Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program.

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Ulysses S. Grant at West Point, 1839

<p>The Gilder Lehrman Collection includes a letter and a painting by Ulysses S. Grant when he was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. These unique items reveal Grant as the equivalent of a modern-day college student.</p><p>On September 22, 1839, Cadet Grant wrote this letter to his cousin, McKinstrey Griffith, between the first-year summer encampment ended and the beginning of the academic year. In it, the seventeen-year-old reveals his uncensored first impressions of West Point, his sense of humor, and a bit of a mid-western drawl.
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The cost of living in New York City in 1787

The Henry Knox Papers in the Gilder Lehrman Collection contain more than 10,000 documents dating from 1750 to 1820. The bulk of the archive chronicles the American Revolution and early founding era. The depth and complexity of the Knox Papers have made it a favorite with the curatorial staff. One particularly interesting document from this archive is the Knox family’s living expenses in New York and when Henry served as secretary of war under the Articles of Confederation.
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Photographs of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor

A good primary source will give you a sense of immediacy and awe that makes history come alive and leaves you with a deeper understanding of an event. It is one of the key elements we look for when adding materials to the Gilder Lehrman Collection. When we first learned of these photographs taken during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor and in its immediate aftermath, we knew they would be a good fit in our Collection, and when they arrived, the staff was struck by the power of the images.
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Civil War soldiers: Thomas Burpee and his sons

<p>The Gilder Lehrman Collection has more than 10,000 letters written by soldiers during the American Civil War, and when you read dozens or even hundreds of letters by the same person, it is very much like reality television. You become involved in the drama of their lives&mdash;the war, relationships, finances, and losses.
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The Pierce Butler Papers from the US Constitutional Convention

This archive of twenty-six documents was compiled by Pierce Butler when he served as one of South Carolina’s delegates to the US Constitutional Convention in 1787. It includes the printed first and second drafts of the Constitution; two small notebooks of proceedings; contemporary copies of the Virginia (or Randolph) Plan favoring larger states in Congress, the New Jersey (or Patterson) Plan favoring smaller states, Hamilton’s plan for a bicameral legislature and permanent executive, and Franklin’s compromise—all of which were used by Butler during the debates.
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Fighting discrimination during World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt’s "four basic rights," 1944

In this newly received donation to the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Eleanor Roosevelt responds to a correspondent who was apparently worried about the desegregation of restrooms and forced social interaction between the races in the government’s movement toward racial equality in some spheres. Mrs. Roosevelt enumerates the "four basic rights which I believe every citizen in a democracy must enjoy.
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Daina Ramey Berry's "Lives of the Enslaved" Pace–Gilder Lehrman Online MA Course Featured in NBC News Article

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Daina Ramey Berry at the 2019 Frederick Douglass Book Prize AwardsIn a Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate article exploring “How to Transform Black History Education in Schools,” Daina Ramey Berry’s “Lives of the Enslaved,” a Pace–Gilder Lehrman Online MA in American History course, was featured prominently.

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The New York Times Remembers Richard Gilder

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Richard Gilder at the Frederick Douglass Book Prize Ceremony in 2011Sam Roberts wrote a comprehensive obituary for Richard Gilder on May 14, 2020, calling him “a billionaire investor and benefactor who was instrumental in revitalizing two neglected exemplars of American democracy — the study of American history and Central Park.”

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EduHam at Home Announced in a Washington Post Feature Article

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Student performers at an EduHam performance in San Francisco on March 4, 2020The Washington Post announced the EduHam at Home program on April 21, 2020, with a feature article by theater critic Peter Marks. Along with exploring the development of EduHam itself, the article highlights Gilder Lehrman Institute president James Basker’s explanation of how and why EduHam at Home works:

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