Featured Primary Sources

Religion and Eighteenth-Century Revivalism

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. Additionally, you may want to search the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself for other resources to enrich your lessons.

The Christian History, June 30, 1744, published by Thomas Prince (GLC08819p137)

A revival of religious fervor, 1744

Creator: Thomas Prince Curriculum Subjects: Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels:
William Penn by Francis Place (Historical Society of Pennsylvania Treasures Coll

William Penn on the “Well-Governing of My Family,” 1751

Creator: William Penn Curriculum Subjects: Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

A new & correct map of the trading part of the West Indies, London, 1741.

The New York Conspiracy of 1741

Creator: Daniel Horsmanden Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: