Student Essay Contests

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After twenty years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is retiring the Civil War Essay Contest. While we received hundreds of entries each year, this is but a small fraction of the number of students studying American history annually. We felt we could reach far more students by redirecting resources to our other programs.

To better serve middle and high school students, we have developed a curated guide for students participating in National History Day, which engages more than half a million students. We hope that the resources on this year's topic, Breaking Barriers in History, are useful for your students. We also encourage your students to use our online AP US History Guide and keep an eye out for our new Hamilton Education Program Online, which will be available next fall.

Information regarding our contest for elementary school students will be announced this fall.