Free Access to the History of America in 50 Documents
Adam Matthew to release extract of major American History collection
From 1st-31st March, Adam Matthew will enable free access to â€˜American History in 50 Documentsâ€™: fifty hand-picked documents and associated analysis of their importance from the first module of American History, 1493-1945, sourced exclusively from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York.
These primary source documents illustrate some of the key themes of American History during the period covered in Module I (1493-1859) - African-American History, Womenâ€™s History, Native American Indian History, Military History, Religion, Reform Movements, Migration, and more - enabling users to uncover key moments in the lives of the characters.
By visiting www.americanhistory.amdigital.co.uk/AmericanHistoryIn50Documents/ during March visitors may explore examples such as:
- Pierce Butlerâ€™s annotated copy of the first draft of the United States Constitution; one of two drafts contained within the first module of the collection
- Correspondence between George Washington and Henry Knox, including Washington expressing his reluctance to accept the role of President of the United States; part of the Henry Knox Papers of over 10,000 items relating to the Bostonianâ€™s journey through the Revolutionary and New Nation eras
- A letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe to Englandâ€™s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, accompanying a first edition of her controversial abolitionist novel â€˜Uncle Tomâ€™s Cabinâ€™, published in 1852; forming part of many of the original manuscript letters within the collection
Spanning from 1493 until the mid-twentieth century, and particularly strong on the Revolutionary and Civil War periods, American History, 1493-1945 includes over 50,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers and photographs. The free access period March 1st to 31st provides a great starting point for anyone interested in the study of American history and also serves as a teaching aid for the AP US History course.
Module I: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform, 1493-1859 is available now.
Module II: Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era, 1860-1945 is due for release in Summer 2015.