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American History, 1493-1945

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From The Gilder Lehrman Institute OF AMERICAN HISTORY, New York

From a voyage of discovery to a nuclear blast, experience the epic vista of over 400 years of American history through thousands of primary source documents.

VIEW AMERICAN HISTORY, 1493-1945

"This resource is clearly out in front of the competition" - Booklist
 
“The digitization of the Gilder Lehrman Collection is exciting - it has made available to researchers and students a vast array of important historical documents, some well-known, some obscure but revealing about American political, social, and cultural history.”


Eric Foner
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DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History holds one of the outstanding collections on American History. It is full of spectacular individual items, but it also has rich veins of manuscript research material. This makes it ideal for teaching survey courses on American History, but equally valuable as a platform for undergraduate essay work and postgraduate research.


Module 1: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859

There are substantial core strengths relating to:

  • Colonial America

  • The American Revolution

  • Federalism and American expansion

  • American Indians

  • Slavery and Abolition

The vast majority of this first section is unique manuscript material. This is supplemented by a wide range of original maps, engravings, posters, broadsides, pamphlets and rare printed material.

Module 2: Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945

This section spans the period from the election of Lincoln in 1860, and the Civil War to the end of the Second World War. 

Other key topics documented include:

  • The Rise of Industrial America and the Gilded Age
  • Westward Expansion
  • The First World War 
  • Women’s Rights and Women’s Suffrage 
  • The Depression and the New Deal 
  • The Environment
  • World War II

This collection is ideal for teaching survey courses on American History, but equally valuable as a platform for undergraduate essay work and postgraduate research.