Macaulay was a popular British author of historical studies and radical pamphlets. She is recognized as the first Englishwoman to become an historian, and during her lifetime, was the world’s only female historian. Her letters to family and friends reveal her political thoughts and her support of liberty and American independence.
A selection of newspapers from the Gilder Lehrman Collection published in the Founding Era. Each newspaper that is included has been sectioned into manageable chunks of text. Explore the everyday news of the late 1700's.
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This selection of documents sheds light on what life was like for some Black Americans in the eighteenth century. Taken from more than 200 books, magazines, and newspapers, these texts—which are largely about enslaved people and the institution of slavery—provide insight into the experiences of some Black Americans during the founding era. This collection of documents will be regularly updated as more material is discovered within the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
This transcription opportunity part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Black Lives in the Founding Era project, which restores to view the lives and works of a wide array of African Americans in the period 1760 to 1800. We encourage you to read more about the project here.
Content warning: The language and content of these materials may be difficult for some readers. Many of these documents pertain to the institution of slavery and racism in the eighteenth century, and demonstrate the often harsh circumstances that Black men, women, and children faced. Students should be advised that while some of these materials may be upsetting, topics such as enslavement and racial violence are essential to the study of US history.
This group of documents in the Morris and Sylvia Weiner collection contains Sylvia's letters to Moe. Sylvia Weiner was employed as a social worker with the then-Department of Welfare of New York City when the United States entered World War II. She describes her days in Brooklyn focusing on her job and her nights at home with various friends and family members. She provides insight to the existing financial difficulties, the struggle for gasoline, and certain food products that many on the homefront were facing.