About The Gilder Lehrman Institute

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

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The American Founders

by Lewis E. Lehrman

The Founders knew that their citizens and their government colleagues were imperfect. The Founders themselves were imperfect. In an imperfect world of imperfect people it could not be otherwise. Discover America's Founders, in this collection of essays accented with illustrations, bringing early American history to life.

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Lincoln Before Cooper Union Speech

The Smothering of the Democratic Princes

Mr. Lincoln’s Visits to Philadelphia

Mr. Lincoln’s Visits to Philadelphia
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Lincoln “by littles"

by Lewis E. Lehrman

An Excerpt from Lincoln “by littles”: "Abraham Lincoln seldom got the chance to go to school. He went to school "by littles," he said, and received fewer than 12 months of schooling."

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