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9. Recommended Reading
The Gilder Lehrman Institute recommends the books listed here, which represent the very best in recent scholarship on the origins, impact, and legacy of the Declaration of Independence. Visit the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967. Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750–1800. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996. Maier, Pauline....
10. Images of the Founding Era
Explore a gallery of images and broadsides related to the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary Era.
13. What's New
“The Declaration at 250” is a multi-year project. These pages will be updated with new resources periodically. Check back here to find out what the Gilder Lehman Insitute of American History has planned. Coming Soon April 2022: A new publication, Black Historians on the Record, with essays related to democracy and liberty across the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Highlights include “Race and the American Constitution: A Struggle toward National Ideals” by James Oliver Horton “African Americans and the Making of Liberia” by Claude A. Clegg “Avoiding the Trap of...
Guided Readings: Religion and Social Reform: Abolitionism
Reading 1 Assenting to the “self-evident truth” maintained in the American Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” . . . I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population. . . . I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. . . . Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the...
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