The Union Is Dissolved!, 1860

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Charleston Mercury, The Union Is Dissolved, December 20, 1860. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Charleston Mercury, The Union Is Dissolved, December 20, 1860. (Gilder Lehrman C
Charleston Mercury, The Union Is Dissolved, December 20, 1860. (Gilder Lehrman C
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963

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Dow Jones News Service ticker tape from the day John F. Kennedy was assassinatedOn November 22, 1963, President John F.

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George Washington on attending church, 1762

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This August 1762 letter from Washington to his brother-in-law Burwell Bassett reveals the young Washington as a lively and convivial correspondent.

George Washington to Burwell Bassett, August 28, 1762. (GIlder Lehrman Collection)In 1762, Virginia planter and future president George Washington, just thirty years old, had reason for optimism.

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Spain authorizes Coronado’s conquest in the Southwest, 1540

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Francisco García de Loaysa to to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, June 21, 1540 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)This letter, written on behalf of King Charles V by Francisco Garcia de Loaysa, the president of the Council of the Indies, acknowledges Francisco Coronado’s repor

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The Province of Massachusetts Bay requests aid from Queen Anne, 1708

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A Memorial of the State of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England to QQueen Anne’s War (1702–1713) was the second of four great wars for empire fought among France and England and their Indian allies.

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JFK on the containment of Communism, 1952

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John F. Kennedy, [Portion of an address], ca. August 12, 1952 (GLC02313)In August 1952, as he was campaigning for the US Senate, John F.

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Davy Crockett on the removal of the Cherokees, 1834

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David Crockett to Charles Schultz, December 25, 1834 (Gilder Lehrman CollectIn this letter, written in December 1834, Davy Crockett complains about President Andrew Jackson’s forced removal of the Cherokees from their homes to Oklahoma.

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Map of the New World, with European settlements and American Indian tribes, 1730

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Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii [New Netherland - New York], 1730. (Gilder Lehrm

Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii [New Netherland - New York], 1730. (Gilder Lehrm
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Surrender of the British General Cornwallis to the Americans, October 19, 1781

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Map of Yorktown, Virginia, October 1781 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)These three documents—a map, a manuscript, and a print—tell the story of the surrender of British commander Charles Cornwallis to American General George Washington.

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Map of Yorktown, Virginia, October 1781 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Charles Cornwallis, Articles of capitulation settled at Yorktown, Oct. 19, 1781
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Death of a soldier, 1863: Paul Semmes

A primary source by Paul Jones Semmes
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Paul Jones Semmes to Emily J. Semmes, July 9, 1863 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)The Civil War was the bloodiest in the nation’s history, with 618,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perishing in the war.

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