Featured Primary Sources

The Sixties

Nothing can enrich and enliven our understanding of the nation’s past, or dispel apathy about it, more powerfully than primary sources. The primary sources below open up a variety of viewpoints and have been chosen by master teachers specifically for use in the classroom. Affiliate School members can print a packet that includes an image of the document, photograph, or other resource, a transcript where applicable, text to place the document in historical context, and document-based questions. In addition, you may want to search the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself for other resources to enrich your lessons.

Lyndon B. Johnson, Proclamation 3561 - National Day of Mourning for President Ke

Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims a national day of mourning for JFK, 1963

Creator: Lyndon B. Johnson Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Robert F. Kennedy on Vietnam, 1967

Creator: Robert F. Kennedy Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels:
Ronald Reagan to Glenn Dumke, August 15, 1967. (GLC04929)

Ronald Reagan on the unrest on college campuses, 1967

Creator: Ronald Reagan Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Dow Jones News Service ticker tape from the day John F. Kennedy was assassinate

The assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963

Creator: Dow Jones News Service Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 13+

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

Honor King: End Racism! broadside, April 8, 1968. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Civil rights posters, 1968

Creator: Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
 “Don’t Buy A Ford Ever Again” broadside, c. 1960. (GLC08259)

Don’t Buy a Ford Ever Again, ca. 1960

Creator: Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
George Wallace to Ms. Martin, April 14, 1964. (GLC00295)

George Wallace on segregation, 1964

Creator: George Wallace Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
J. Edgar Hoover, An Open Address to Students, September 21,1970. (The Nixon Libr

J. Edgar Hoover on campus unrest, 1970

Creator: J. Edgar Hoover Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
Robert F. Kennedy, [Report to President John F. Kennedy regarding civil rights],

Robert Kennedy on civil rights, 1963

Creator: Robert F. Kennedy Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
Edward Kennedy to Mr. Thursby, April 25, 1973 (GLC09526)

The end of the Vietnam War: conscience, resistance, and reconciliation, 1973

Creator: Edward M. Kennedy Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: