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Earn graduate credit through our live online graduate course, Understanding Lincoln. Enrollment is open until May 27, 2014.

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Understanding Lincoln

No one would have appreciated the power of online education more than Abraham Lincoln, one of the great self-made, lifelong learners in world history. Join Gilder Lehrman and Dickinson College—and learn like Lincoln.

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March 18, 2013 – February 10, 2014 Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY
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New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY

This exhibition of Gilder Lehrman Collection materials curated and selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute follows the dramatic turning points of 1863 in the American Civil War. After twenty months of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln used his war powers to strike a blow against slavery with the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It transformed the war from a struggle to save the Union to a war to restore the Union and to end slavery.

Excerpts from American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

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Excerpts from American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
Edited by James G. Basker

These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.

Readings of excerpts from the book, presented with transcripts and relevant images. These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.

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July 31 – August 28, 2012 Location: Stanley Whitman House, Farmington, CT
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Stanley Whitman House, Farmington, CT

Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America investigates the question of how slavery in America developed into an institution, and how it came to be condemned as it divided the nation during the Civil War. Visitors can explore an early fragment of Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, letters by abolitionists and slaves, and personal letters from soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

New Haven, Conn. (July 25, 2012)— Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition has announced the finalists for the Fourteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African American experience. Jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, this annual prize of $25,000 recognizes the best book on slavery, resistance, and/or abolition.

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June 28, 2012 Location: Providence, RI
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Providence, RI

Professor Jim Oakes will lead a teacher workshop on the abolition movement and the emancipation of slaves.