Inside the Vault

Inside the Vault: South Carolina Ordinance of Secession

Join us on December 1, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) when our curators discuss the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession (and the famous broadside that followed) with Professor Emeritus Charles Dew of Williams College. The secession of South Carolina marked one of the most consequential moments in American history. This event, and the subsequent secession of the remaining six Deep South states, led directly to the Civil War.

Submit your questions for Professor Dew here.

This event is for teachers, students and their families—and everyone with an interest in history!

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be sent to all who attend the entirety of the program.


Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is an online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. From iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that reveal the contributions of ordinary American citizens, each session will investigate primary sources and discuss their background, impact, and potential use in the classroom.

Upcoming Programs

January 5, 2023: Gilder Lehrman Collection Items at the Morgan Library & Museum

Join us on January 5, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) when our curators discuss documents from the exhibition Fighting to Learn: Black Enfranchisement and Education in the Gilder Lehrman Collection with Dr. Jesse Erickson, Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum. Items to be discussed:

  • 1863 broadside recruiting African Americans for military service
  • Emancipation Proclamation print signed by Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1863–1864
  • 1870 engraving of five African American members of Congress
  • The Work of the Afro-American Woman by Gertrude Bustill Mossell, 1894
  • A 1907 envelope from the Board of Education to Josephine B. Bruce
  • NAACP Report, “Civil Rights Crisis of 1957”
  • 1957 photograph of the Little Rock Nine students
  • Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP by Langston Hughes, 1962

These materials explore the Black community’s persistent struggles for emancipation, enfranchisement, and the right to quality education, highlighting how these efforts have intersected during the past century and a half. From the Civil War to the Little Rock Nine, the key moments and figures represented here describe, in part, a multigenerational political project of resistance and respectability.

View the full archive of past sessions