Civil War Essay Contest

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.

Previous Winners

Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2019
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2018
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2017
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2016
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2015
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2014
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2013
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2012
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2011
Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2000–2010