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#00 2019 Calendar of American History

The Gilder Lehrman 2019 Calendar of American History is a seventeen-month calendar (September 2018-January 2020) that provides selected dates in history of the United States and illustrations of important people and events.

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#01 The Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770

Poster Caption: This hand-colored engraving by Paul Revere, patriot and artisan, elevates a street skirmish in Boston in 1770 into a “Massacre.” A brilliant piece of propaganda, it stirred the colonists against the British government. (Paul Revere, 1770)

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#03 Declaration of Independence, 1776

Poster Caption: Copies of the Philadelphia printing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) were sent to the thirteen colonies and then reprinted locally to spread the news to outlying areas. On the left is the Philadelphia 1776 version of the Declaration, as reprinted in 1823 by order of President John Quincy Adams, who worried that the 1776 document would be lost. On the right is the only surviving copy of the Charleston, South Carolina 1776 printing, recently rediscovered.

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#05 Runaway Slave Ads, 1791 and 1852

Poster Caption: Runaway slave ads were a reality in America as long as slavery existed, as these two broadsides from Maryland in 1791 and Missouri in 1852 attest. Under close scrutiny, the lives of particular slaves begin to emerge in fragmentary details, including names, physical descriptions, talents, personalities, and other hints of their individuality. (Left: Runaway slave broadside, Frederick County, Maryland, 1791. Right: Runaway slave broadside, St. Louis, Missouri, 1852)

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#06 Anti-Slavery Broadside, 1836

Poster Caption: This elaborate and stinging broadside, replete with detailed evidence, was published by the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1836 to condemn the persistence of slavery in the nation’s capital. It was not until April 1862 that Congress passed and Abraham Lincoln signed into law the bill that ended slavery in Washington, DC. (Broadside published by the American Anti-Slavery Society in New York, 1836)

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#07 Abraham Lincoln, 1860

Poster Caption: Newly nominated presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, photographed two weeks after the Republican National Convention in Chicago that catapulted him to national prominence and, ultimately, the Presidency. (Photograph taken June 3, 1860, by Alexander Hesler, Springfield, Illinois)

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#08 Civil War Scenes, 1861

Poster Caption: Two of the nineteen images sketched by a private in the Union army (Henry Berckhoff, Company B, 8th New York Infantry) offer glimpses into a soldier’s life during the Civil War: a scene in camp near Hunter’s Chapel, Virginia, in 1861, and a fiery battle at Haymarket, Virginia, in 1862. (Watercolors by Henry Berckhoff, 1861–1863)

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#09 Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

Designed by a 14-year-old Californian and signed by Abraham Lincoln, this unique copy of the Emancipation Proclamation conveys in its layout the precision with which the President crafted this monumental document. (Engraving published in San Francisco, California, 1864)

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#10 Civil War Recruiting Poster, 1863

Poster Caption: After the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, posters such as this broadcast a national call for black men to enlist in the Union army. Frederick Douglass (third name, left column) and other African American leaders endorsed the appeal, and by war’s end almost 200,000 African Americans had served in the Union forces. (Philadelphia, 1863)

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#11 President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

Poster Caption: The fatigue and strain of three years of war show in this photograph of President Lincoln, taken eleven days before he gave the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery near the battlefield. (Photograph taken November 8, 1863, by Alexander Gardner, Washington DC)

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#12 Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, 1865

Poster Caption: Delivered when the defeat of the Confederacy was known to be imminent, this address reflects both President Lincoln’s forgiveness toward the South and his eloquent use of language. The blue ink is significant: copies published after Lincoln’s death (April 15, 1865) were printed in black, as a gesture of mourning. (Broadside, ca. March 4–early April 1865)

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#13 Fifteenth Amendment, 1870

Here legislation takes symbolic form. The artist depicts African Americans’ hopes arising from the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870: education, family life, jobs, and the vote. Among the collage of images are portraits of Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln. (Broadside published in New York, NY, 1870)

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#15 The Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1915

Poster Caption: These two political broadsides, one from New Jersey, the other from New York, present separate but parallel reasons for men and women to support the women’s suffrage movement. Begun in the 1840s, the political struggle culminated with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, enfranchising women as voters. (Left: Broadside printed for the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association, Plainfield, New Jersey, ca. 1915; Right: Broadside printed for the Woman  Suffrage Party of the City of New York, New York, 1915)

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#16 World War I Recruiting Poster, 1918 (1)

Poster Caption: Against a background of African American patriotism, self-sacrifice, and courage, an idealized black soldier takes his leave in this World War I recruiting poster. More than 350,000 African Americans, trained and deployed in segregated units, served in the US military during the war, of whom 42,000 saw action in Europe. (Print by E. G. Renesch, Chicago, Illinois, 1918)

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#17 Civil Rights Placard, 1968

Abolitionists had campaigned since the late 1780s on the motto “Am I not a man and a brother?” This placard carried by striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 echoes that rhetoric and emphatically answers the question. Martin Luther King Jr. marched with the striking workers and, on April 3, addressed them with his “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He was assassinated the next evening, April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC06124)

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#18 North American Colonies, 1733

Poster Caption: Despite inaccuracies in scale and detail, this 1733 map shows the sweep of British colonial possessions in the New World set amidst their French and Spanish counterparts. (Map of the British Empire, by Henry Popple, published in London, 1733)

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#19 United States, 1862

Poster Caption: This map of the United States in 1862, amidst the Civil War, shows the Confederate states in pink, the Union states and territories in green, and the border slave-holding states and territories in yellow.

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#21 Civil War Recruiting Poster, 1863 (2)

Poster Caption: This recruiting poster of 1863 uses images of the past (deliverance from slavery) and the future (education and civil rights) to inspire African Americans to enlist and fight for the Union. By the end of the war, some 200,000 African Americans—like those seen going into battle at upper right—had served the Union forces.

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#22 Emancipated Slave Children, 1863

Poster Caption: This 1863 photograph of two recently emancipated children from New Orleans was used in a fundraising campaign to support schools and social programs for former slaves in Louisiana. The complexity of racial categories and the legacy of the “one drop” rule are readily evident. (Photograph by Kimball, New York, NY, 1863)

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#24 Sojourner Truth, 1864

Poster Caption: Having emancipated herself from slavery in New York in 1826, Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797–1883) went on to become a leading abolitionist and advocate for the rights of African Americans and women. This 1864 photograph was widely reproduced to raise funds for her work on the behalf of newly freed slaves.

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#29 Theodore Roosevelt, 1906

Poster Caption: Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president, sits at his desk in 1906, the year he created two national parks (Platt and Mesa Verde) and five national monuments (among them Petrified Forest New Mexico), and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating the Portsmouth Treaty, ending the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. (Photograph by Harris and Ewing, Washington, DC, 1906)

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#30 Suffragist Movement, 1917

Poster Caption: These suffragists demonstrating in New York in 1917 were part of a larger movement dating back to the mid 1800s. The suffragist marches of the early 20th century became a powerful tool in shaping public opinion, and their techniques would be revived during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Nineteenth Amendment, ratified in 1920, finally guaranteed women the right to vote.

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#31 20th-Century Immigration, 1917

Poster Caption: This multilingual poster of 1917 offers assistance to immigrants whose lives had been uprooted by World War I. The translations into German, Hungarian, Czech, Hebrew, and Italian reflect the home countries of large numbers of people recently arrived in the United States.

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#34 World War II and American Patriotism

Poster Caption: By juxtaposing World War II soldiers with idealized Revolutionary War soldiers from 1778, this 1943 poster encourages Americans to understand World War II as part of the nation’s history and purpose since its founding. (Office of War Information, Washington, DC, 1943)

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