This teaching resource incorporates excerpts from Revolutionary era books exhibited in Liberty and Revolution at the Princeton University Library in 2009. Drawn from the collection of Sid Lapidus, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue marked the gift of this selection of documents to the university and was organized by Stephen Ferguson, curator of rare books.
This small selection of printed masters encourages students to read and discuss the words of men who debated issues of liberty, taxation, and slavery in the period leading up to the American Revolution. The documents are accompanied by suggested teaching strategies drafted by the following National History Teacher of Year Award winners: Rosanne Lichatin of West Morris Central High School, Chester, NJ; Nathan McAlister of Royal Valley Middle School, Mayetta, KS; and Timothy Bailey of Northwest Middle School, Salt Lake City, UT. Teachers may download copies of the documents, which have been marked to indicate beginning and ending points of passages.
The documents in this teaching resource are drawn from a selection of printed books in the Sid Lapidus Collection at Princeton University. Educators wishing to consider additional sources and view higher resolution versions of the images featured here are encouraged to log on to the collection available in the Princeton Digital Library. To suggest or submit a unit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.