An expanded and revised edition of Gilder Lehrman’s signature booklet of historic documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection spanning 400 years of American history. This third edition of Why Documents Matter has more documents related to the American West, Spanish American history, the Civil War, and the twentieth century. Each document is accompanied by an image, a transcript, and a brief introduction to place it in historical context.

paperback; 76pp
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This book explores subjects important to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. It includes a selection of important documents, each with a transcript and brief commentary by an eminent scholar to place it in historical context.

paperback; 88pp
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This full-color booklet brings together a unique collection of American historical documents from the Declaration of Independence to the words and images of immigrants and some of America’s most dramatic struggles for equal rights—the abolition of slavery, the Civil War, and the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements.

paperback; 32pp
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Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation traces the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s fight to end slavery from his speech against the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 through the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. Featured documents include the Emancipation Proclamation—the July 1862 draft, the September 1862 preliminary version, and the January 1863 final version—letters by Lincoln supporting emancipation, and letters by soldiers and civilians about the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation.

paperback; 48pp
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This booklet examines the evolution of the US Constitution from the Articles of Confederation to the Bill of Rights to the Constitution’s global legacy. Special attention is paid to James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” as well as to the nineteenth- and twentieth-century amendments that expanded the definition of “citizenship” and opened suffrage to more Americans.

paperback; 47pp
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This booklet includes more than a dozen poems exploring the themes of slavery, abolition, and freedom. They open a window onto the complexity of slavery for the Revolutionary generation.

paperback; 48pp
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A booklet of important and unique documents and images that tell the story of the life of Alexander Hamilton—immigrant, soldier, nation-builder—created in partnership with American Experience and PBS.

paperback; 36pp
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This booklet presents a variety of original documents, images, and other material from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives, highlighting the story of the abolition of slavery in England and America between 1787 and 1865.

paperback; 24pp
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More has been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other American, yet our view of him is dominated by a series of iconic images: the self-taught son of an illiterate farmer; the bearded man in the stovepipe hat; the savior of the Union; the Great Emancipator; the martyred leader. But what has made Lincoln such a great man? His letters and manuscripts allow us to understand his principles by drawing from his own words. Explore Abraham Lincoln’s legacy through documents written in his own hand.

paperback; 52pp
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Drawing on an exhibition entitled “I Take Up My Pen”: Letters from the War at Gettysburg National Military Park, this book presents historic documents—soldiers’ letters, battlefield photographs, original engravings and paintings—that bring to life the men who fought and endured the bloodiest war in American history and their families at home.

paperback; 44pp
$6.99

edited by James G. Basker

This compilation reprints fifteen anti-slavery texts that, almost without exception, have been out of print for nearly two centuries. The pamphlets, poems, letters, and other documents by anti-slavery writers—men and women, black and white—demonstrate that abolitionists were active in the early years of the American republic. The texts are reprinted with short introductions written by twelve Gilder Lehrman undergraduate history scholars.

paperback; 372pp
$11.99

This full-color book brings together a unique collection of American historical documents from the Declaration of Independence to the words and images of immigrants and some of America’s most dramatic struggles for equal rights—the abolition of slavery, the Civil War, and the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements.

hardcover; 32pp
$11.99

This book explores subjects important to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. It includes a selection of important documents, each with a transcript and brief commentary by an eminent scholar to place it in historical context.

hardcover; 88pp
$11.99