Featured Primary Sources

Populism and Agrarian Discontent

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.

John Mosby, ca. 1870 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

John Mosby on the silver issue, 1895

Creator: John S. Mosby Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:
People’s Party campaign poster, 1892. (Library of Congress)

People’s Party campaign poster, 1892

Creator: Populist Party Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
“I feed you all!” lithograph by American Oleograph Co., Milwaukee, ca. 1875. (Li

The Grange Movement, 1875

Creator: Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
William Jennings Bryan, 1896 (Library of Congress)

William Jennings Bryan and the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, 1895

Creator: William Jennings Bryan Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

Color Voters Read, broadside, 1894. (GLC09000)

Campaigning for the African American vote in Georgia, 1894

Creator: the State Democratic Party of Georgia Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Haymarket Affair, 1886

Creator: Dyer D. Lum Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: