The Civil War began as a conventional contest of army versus army but by the end had become a war of society against society, with slavery, the foundation of the southern social order, becoming a target. In such a contest, civilian morale proved as crucial to sustaining and winning the war as events on the battlefield, and the population’s will to fight became as much a military.
Middle and high school students with a passion for the Civil War can flex their writing and research skills by submitting an entry to the Civil War Essay Contest. Students have the opportunity to explore a Civil War topic of their choice and use secondary and primary sources (including letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, and military orders) to create an original scholarly essay.
At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or.In fact, the United States in 1876 was still recovering from a devastating civil war, and the country was nowhere near a modern and integrated nation-state. Union armies still occupied much of the former Confederacy, and the fate of Reconstruction remained unclear as millions of former slaves faced the daily challenge of enacting and defining their recently won “freedom.” As one author has.He is the author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation (2011); A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (2006); The Populist Persuasion: An American History (1995); Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era (1987), co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (fourth edition, 2012), and editor-in-chief of The.
The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, endowed by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman and administered by Gettysburg College, has been awarded annually since 1991 for the best non-fiction historical work of the year on the American Civil War.It is named for U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.Read More
It was a role he had often played, but on a much reduced level compared to the intensity and stresses of the Civil War. Not all his friends adjusted easily to the requirements of his position. Illinois Democrat John A. McClernand, for example, was a valuable ally for the President but a constant source of friction with his military superiors such as Generals Henry W. Halleck and Ulysses S.Read More
Lesson Plans for Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History’s Civil War and Reconstruction Online Class, July 31, August 1-2, 7-8, 2012 Dr. Amy Forss Metropolitan Community College Omaha, Nebraska September 10, 2012 Civil War Digital Style Objectives 1. Competent knowledge of the consequences to runaways and conductors on the Underground Railroad 2. Compare and contrast the Southern and.Read More
Contreras’ 2013 first-place essay examined non-combat deaths during the Civil War. “Many Civil War battles were considered the bloodiest in U.S.,” he said. But while studying the war, he.Read More
Before her assignment in Indonesia, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on post-war elections and democracy, and in the United States as a Senior Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration Appeals. While at DOJ, she also served as the President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3525. She has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the.Read More
Today, many believe the Civil War was fought over slavery. This view satisfies our contemporary sense of justice, but as Gallagher's searing revisionist history shows, it is an anachronistic judgment. Northern citizen-soldiers fought the war to preserve the Union. Emancipation was secondary to the war's primary goal of safeguarding the republic.Read More
No president expressed himself more precisely on what important issues were at stake in the Civil War. No president fought a war successfully to its end and with as much consequence to the future of American history—the future of the whole world. —Lewis Lehrman. Exhibitions. Timeline. Essays. Lincoln, by Allen C. Guelzo. Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy, by Sean Wilentz. Lincoln.Read More
The presidential election of 1876 is better known for its controversial aftermath than for the campaign that preceded it. The basic outline of events after Election Day, November 7, 1876, is familiar. The Democratic candidate, Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York, had carried a majority of the popular vote, and by the morning after the election he had 184 of the 185 electoral votes necessary.Read More
This book won the Jefferson Davis Prize, awarded by the American Civil War museum in Richmond for the best book on the Civil War era, and was a finalist for the Lincoln prize for the best book on Lincoln or the Civil War soldier, awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. It offers a new view of the northern path to war, focusing on the mass of.Read More
Fifteen top American history college students will be selected as Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award winners who will Attend a weeklong historical leadership conference and workshop in New York.Read More