Age of Revolution Essay Contest

From 2015 through 2017, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invited high school students (grades 9–12) to participate in its annual Age of Revolution Essay Contest. This contest, which recognized excellence in primary source research and writing, was designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the Age of Revolution.

Students developed an original essay based on primary source documents in the Sid Lapidus ’59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution at Princeton University. Students were also advised to use complementary documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection


  • $1,000 to the authors of the top ten student essays and $500 to each winner’s school
  • $100 Gilder Lehrman History Shop gift card to each winner’s school