Gilder Lehrman announces the publication of the third edition of Why Documents Matter: American Originals and the Historical Imagination. It features nearly fifty historical documents, most from the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself, and covers four hundred years of American history, from the arrival of the first European colonists through the end of the Cold War.

Why Documents Matter and the other booklets on this list focus on original historical documents and are ideal informational texts for classroom use. Readers can look at images of the original resources, study transcripts, and read introductions that place the documents in historical context. All these booklets can be purchased in the Gilder Lehrman History Shop.

 

  • Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words
  • Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the United States
  • Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings, 1760–1820
  • Great Lincoln Documents: Historians Present Treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
  • “I take up my pen”: Letters from the Civil War
  • James Madison and the Birth of the US Constitution
  • Slavery in the Founding Era: Literary Contexts
  • Treasures of American History: Documents Presented in Honor of New Citizens of the United States
  • Why Documents Matter: American Originals and the Historical Imagination, Selections from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
  • Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery

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