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Historic American Documents & Other Primary Sources (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 

Aphabetical Index

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Index by Period; Chronological Order

Pre-Columbian America & Colonial Beginnings

Colonial Era (1607-1775)

Early Republic (1776-1815)

Ante-Bellum (1815-1860)

Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Later 19th Century (1877-1900)

Early 20th Century (1901-1920)

Between the World Wars (1921-1939)

Second World War (1939-1945)

Cold War Era Part I (1946-1963)

Cold War Era Part II (1964-1989)

New World Order (1990-)

 

 

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Abolition Poster, 1837

Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech, June 16, 1858
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African Slave Trade described by Alexander Falconbridge, Eye-Witness Account, 1788

Albany Plan of Union, June-July 1754
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Amendments 1-10 to the U.S. Constitution (See Bill of Rights)

12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1803
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13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1865
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14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1868
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15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1870
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19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution on Women's Suffrage , May 19, 1919
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American System political cartoon, 1831

Andrew Carnegie's Rise from Laborer to Capitalist, 1848-68, Eye-witness account by Carnegie

Andrew Jackson Inauguration as President, March 11, 1829 , Eye-Witness Account by Washington D.C. resident Margaret Bayard Smith

Anglo-American Convention of 1818; Monroe letter to Senate

Annapolis Convention, September 14, 1786
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Anti Free Silver political cartoon, 1896

Anti Irish & Catholic (political cartoon), 1850

Anti Patronage political cartoon, 1887

Anti Populist political cartoon, 1896

Ark of State (Ulysses Grant & hard money policy) political cartoon, 1875

Articles of Confederation, 1778
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Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., April 14, 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Union Major Henry Rathbone

Assassination (Mortal Wounding) of William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, September 6, 1901, Eye-Witness account by reporter John D. Wells as reported in Collier's Weekly

(First) Atomic Bomb Test at Alamagordo, New Mexico, 16 July 1945, Eye-Witness account by General Thomas Farrell

 

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Bank of United States Note, 1840

Bataan Death March, 1942, Eye-Witness account by Lt. Col. William Dyess of the US Army Air Corps from his 1943 book

Battle Hymn of the Republic, November, 1861
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Battle at Wounded Knee between U.S. Cavalry & Sioux Indians, December 29, 1890, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Army interpreter Philip Wells

Battle of Lexington Described by British Lt Col Francis Smith, Eye-Witness Account, 19 April 1775

Battle of Lexington Described by Minuteman Sylvanus Wood, Eye-Witness Account, 19 April 1775

Battle of Manila Bay, April-May 1898, Eye-Witness Account by Commodore George Dewey

Battle of Midway, 7 June 1942, Eye-Witness account by pilot Ensign George Gay of the United States Navy, in an interview

Battle of New Orleans after signing of peace treaty for War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account by unknown American soldier, January 8, 1815

Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, Eye-Witness Account by Confederate soldier Henry Morton Stanley

Battle on the Little Big Horn River or Custer's Last Stand, June 25, 1876, Eye-Witness account by 7th Cavalry scout George Herenden as told to New York Herald reporter

Battle with Apaches in Arizona, December 28, 1872, Eye-Witness account by Captain John G. Bourke

Berlin in Ruins, July 1945, Eye-Witness account by reporter by Joel Sayre as printed in New York Magazine

Bill of Rights, 1789-1791
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Bimetallism vs Monometallism political cartoon in Coin's Financial School, a book published 1894

Birdseye View Maps:
Cleveland, 1877
Exeter, New Hampshire, 1884
Great New York, 19th Century
Newport News, Virginia, 1891
Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1890s
Pennsylvania Railroad Car Shop, 1895
Richmond, Virginia, 1863
San Francisco, 19th Century
San Francisco, 1847
San Francisco, 1851
San Francisco, 1862
Toledo, 1876

Bleeding Kansas (political cartoon), 1856

(Massachusetts) Body of Liberties, 1641
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Bon Homme Richard vs Serapis Sea Battle described by John Paul Jones , Eye-Witness Account, 23 September 1779

Bonus Army March on Washington D.C., June 1932, Eye-Witness account by Evalyn Walsh McLean, wife of owner of Washington Post newspaper from the 1936 book Father Struck It Rich

Bosses of the Senate political cartoon by Joseph Keppler in Puck, 1889

Boston Land Bank Scheme, 1733
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Boston Massacre Described by British Captain Thomas Preston, Eye-Witness Account, 5 March 1770

Boston Tea Party Described by Sons of Liberty member George Hewes, Eye-Witness Account, 16 December 1773

British Burn Washington during War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account byFirst Lady Dolly Madision, August 23-24, 1814

British Burn Washington during War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account byBritish soldier George Robert Gleig, August 24, 1814

Buffalo Bill Rides for the Pony Express, 1861, Eye-Witness Account by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, from his Autobiographical Life of Buffalo Bill, published 1879

 

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California Gold Rush Poster, 1849

[Joining the] California Gold Rush, 1849-50, Eye-Witness Account by Sheldon Shufelt of New York, after sailing to Panama

Capture by & Escape from Arapahos in Wyoming, 1875, Eye-Witness account by former Union Army soldier William Glazier

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Eye-Witness Account, 9-10 May 1775

Carolinas Royalized, 1729

Carpet Bag and Bayonet Rule (Reconstruction political cartoon), 1860s-70s

Chinese Question, by Harpers Weekly 1871 (political cartoon)

Cincinnati Convention, 1872 (political cartoon)

Civil Service Corruption by Harper's Weekley, 1883 (political cartoon)

Civil War Recruiting Posters, 1860s
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Coercive or Intolerable Acts, 1774
Boston Port Act
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Massachusetts Government Act
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Administration of Justice Act
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Quartering Act
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Quebec Act
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Common Sense, 1776
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Conditions on a Slave Ship, May 23, 1829, Eye-Witness Account by Reverend Robert Walsh

Confederate Diplomacy political cartoon, 1861

Confederate Draft Exemption Document, 1863?

Confederate General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse to Union General Ulysses S. Grant 9 April 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Union General Horace Porter

Constitution of 1787
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Continental Army at Valley Forge described by Chevalier Pontgibaud, Eye-Witness Account, December 1777

Continental Association, October 20, 1774
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Continental Congress Petition to the King, October 25, 1774
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Corn Laws Article, 1846

Cost of American Empire , 1900 (political cartoon)

Cowboy in Dodge City, Kansas, 1882, Eye-Witness account by cowboy Andy Adams from his journal published in 1903

Credit Mobilier Scandal political cartoon by New York Sun, 1874

Currency Act, October 20, 1774
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Curse of California by G.F. Keller , 1882 (political cartoon)

 

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D-Day Landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, 6 June 1944, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Army Ranger Robert Edlin

Death of George Washington described by George Washington Custis, Eye-Witness Account, December 1799

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
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A Declaration of Rights and Plan of Government for the State of New-Hampshire, statement by John Langdon, president of the state convention, 5 June 1779

Declaratory Act, March 18, 1776
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Depression of 1873-75 (Way to Grow Poor; Way to Grow Rich) political cartoon, 1875

Description of Mohawk Indians by Dutch Minister Johannes Megapolensis , Eye-Witness Account, 1644

Description of New York City by Jaspar Danckaerts & Peter Sluyter, Eye-Witness Account, September-October 1679

(The) Dial Magazine, July 1840

"Don't Crush Them" Farm Relief Bill political cartoon, 1933 by Milton R. Halladay of the Providence Journal

Doolittle Bombing Raid on Tokyo, 18 April 1942, Eye-Witness account by Lt. Ted W. Dawson of the US Army Air Corps, pilot of the Ruptured Duck, from his 1943 book

"Do We Want a Venriloquist in the Supreme Court? political cartoon, 1937, in the Waterbury Republican

Dred Scott The Political Quadrille political cartoon, 1857

Dred Scott v Sandford Supreme Court decision (Syllabus summary, judicial history summary, and Chief Justice Taney's opinion, 1856

 

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Effects of the Fugitive Slave Law political cartoon, 1850

Electoral Commission , 1876 (political cartoon)

Emancipation, an Allegorical Illustration by Thomas Nast , 1865

Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862
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Embargo Act political cartoons, 1808
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Europe, 1814, Map from Ostell's New General Atlas, published in London by Cradock and Joy

 

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[The] Fall of the Alamo during the Texas War for Independence, March 5-6, 1836, Eye-Witness Account by an unknown Mexican soldier

Farmer Garfield (James Abram Garfield) campaign poster, 1880

FDR Supreme Court Packing, political cartoon, 1937

Federalist Papers Cover, 1788 (85 articles)
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Federalist View of the Constitution political cartoon, 1800s

First Steamboat, on the Hudson River, Eye-Witness Account by Robert Fulton, August 17, 1807

(The) First Thanksgiving descrbed by Edward Winslow , Eye-Witness Account, 1621

First U.S. Patent, 1790

Folly of Secession political cartoon, 1860

(A) Foot Race, political cartoon for presidential election, 1828

Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of Free Soilers (political cartoon), 1850s

Frederick Douglas Escapes from Slavery , 1838, Eye-Witness Account by Douglas

Free Silver Parade political cartoon, 1896

(Anti) Free Trade political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1892

Fugitive Slave Law Enforced, 1854, by return of escaped slave Anthony Burns from Boston to Virginia, Eye-witness account by Charles Emery Stevens, 1854

Funeral Obsequies of Free Trade, tariff of abominations political cartoon, 1827

 

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(The) Gap in the Bridge, League of Nations political cartoon by Punch, December 10,1919

George Washington's Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
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George Washington in Prayer at Valley Forge described by Isaac Potts, Eye-Witness Account, Winter 1777-78

Georgia State Order to Survey Indian Lands, 1840

Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
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Gift for the Grangers Illustration by J. Hale Powers Co. of Cincinnati OH, 1873

Gold Democrats, political cartoon by Puck, 1900

Gold Standard political cartoon by Watson Huston for Sound Money magazine, 1890

Golden Spike at Promontory Point, Utah connects Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, May 10, 1869, Eye-Witness account by observer Alexander Topence

Good Neighbor Goes Visiting, political cartoon, 1943

Gottleb Mittelberger Account of Sea Voyage to America , Eye-Witness Account, 1750

Gould Caught Napping by Harper's Weekley, 1886 (political cartoon)

Granger Anti-RR political cartoon, 1873

Grant Scandals, 1870s (political cartoon)

 

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Hamilton Report on Manufactures, 1791
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Hamilton's Report on Public Credit to the House of Representatives, January 9, 1790
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(The) Hartford Convention , political cartoon, 1814

Hawley Smoot political cartoon, 1930 by Dorman Henry Smith for the San Francisco Examiner

Hayes Attacks Patronage political cartoon, 1881

Hayes defeats Tilden, political cartoon by NY Daily Graphic, 1877

Henry Ford Develops the Model T Automobile, 1906-13, Eye-Witness account by Ford employee Charles E. Sorenson from his 1956 book My Forty Years with Ford

Hepburn Act, political cartoon, May 15, 1906, by Clifford K. Berryman

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb result, 6 August 1945, Eye-Witness account by Japanese doctor Michihiko Hachiya from his diary published in 1955

Homesteaders Clash with Ranchers in Nebraska, 1884, Eye-Witness account by homesteader Solomon Butcher from his diary

 

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Illinois Central Land Grant, 1851

Immigration to America from Poland and Sweatshop experience of Sadie Frowne, 1905, Eye-Witness account by Sadie Frowne as published the next year in Hamilton Holt's The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by Themselves

Immigration to the U.S. of author Robert Louis Stevenson, 1879, Eye-Witness account by Stevenson, published that year in his book The Amateur Emigrant

Indentured Servant Contract, 1738

IWW (International Workers of the World) Poster, 1910s

 

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Jack (Teddy Roosevelt) & Wall Street Giants , Political Cartoon by Joseph Keppler, 1904

(Jackson and the) Old United States Bank, second national bank political cartoon, 1832

(Jackson and the) Second National Bank, removing U.S. deposits political cartoon, 1833

(General) Jackson and the) Seventh Ward Beggars, political cartoon, 1836

Jackson as King with Veto political cartoon, 1832

Jackson Presidential Campaign Poster, 1828

(General) Jackson Slaying the Many Headed Hydra, second national bank political cartoon, 1832

Jay Treaty, November 19, 1794
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John Adams on Writing of Declaration of Independence, Eye-Witness Account, June 1776

John Brown Interrogated about his Raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, October 16-17, 1859, Eye-Witness Account by a reporter

John Brown's Raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, October 16-17, 1859, Eye-Witness Account Col. Robert E. Lee

John Filson Account of Daniel Boone , Eye-Witness Account, 1769-70

John Smith Save by Pocahontas, Eye-Witness Account, 1608

J.P. Morgan Helping Hand for Uncle Sam, political cartoon by Puck, 1911

 

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Kellogg-Briand Pact for Renunciation of War, August 27, 1928
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King Debs political cartoon by W.A. Rogers for Harpers Weekly, 1894

(The) Ku Klux Klan lynches black men, 1868, Eye-Witness Account by former slave Ben Johnson

 

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Land Grant Document from President John Adams, 1799

Lawrence, Kansas Sack, May 21, 1856, Eye-Witness Account by English traveler Thomas Gladstone

League of Nations political cartoon, Republican Party opposition, 1919

Letter of Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery, February 15, 1493
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Liberation of Paris by the Free French 2d Armored Division, August 1944, Eye-Witness account by NBC Radio correspondent Robert Mac Vane from his 1979 book On the Air in World War II

Liberty Bond Poster, 1917

Life as a Slave , 1820s, Eye-Witness Account by Elizabeth Keckley

Life in a Maine Shaker Community , 1843, Eye-Witness Account

Life on a Southern Plantation, 1854, Eye-Witness Account

Lincoln as The Federal Phoenix political cartoon by Punch, December 3, 1861

(Abraham) Lincoln Campaign Poster, 1864

Lincoln's Last Warning political cartoon, October 1862

Lincoln Lunatic Asylum political cartoon, 1860

Lincoln-McClellan political cartoon, 1864

Lindbergh First Flight to Cross Atlantic Ocean, Long Island, New York to Paris, France, May 20-21, 1927, Eye-Witness account by aviator Charles A. Lindbergh

 

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(President) Madison fleeing Washington, political cartoon, 1814

Magna Carta, May 28, 1215
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Maidanek Concentration Camp in Poland after capture by Russian troops, July 1944, Eye-Witness account by reporter Alexander Werth

Manhattan Island Purchase, 1626

Mark Twain Rides the Stagecoach West, 1861, Eye-Witness Account by writer Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, from his 1872 book Roughing It

Mary Jemison Account as Captive of Indians Journeying to Fort Duquesne, Eye-Witness Account, 1758

Massachusetts Thanksgiving Declaration by William Dummer, November 3, 1723
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Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620
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McCulloch v. Maryland Supreme Court Decision, 1819
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Miner Punches Mine Owner political cartoon by Punch Magazine, 1902

[USS] Monitor vs CSS Merrimac sea battle, March 8, 1862, Eye-Witness Account by Lt. Samuel Dana Greene of the Monitor

Monroe Doctrine, December 2, 1823, as stated in Monroe's 7th Annual Address to the Congress
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(Anti) Morrill Tariff political cartoon , 1862

 

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National Bank political cartoon, 1835

(The) Negro Disenfranchised, 1890s-1900s (political cartoon)

New Jersey Manumission Document, 1808

New Jersey Paper Shilling, 1763

New Netherlands Map , 1635

New York Married Women's Property Act, 1848 (as amended 1849)
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New York Central Bond, 1850s

Newspaper Stamp, 1765

Northern Neck of Virginia Map , 1793

Northern Securities, Political Cartoon by Harpers Weekly, May 25, 1901

Northwest Ordinance, 1785-1787
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Nullification political cartoon, 1832

Nullification or a Peep at South Carolina, political cartoon, 1833

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Of Course He Wants to Vote the Democratic Ticket (Harper's Weekly, October 21, 1876, political cartoon)

Ohio Company Letter, 1792

Ohio Company Partners, (1792)

Oklahoma Land Rush, September 16, 1893, Eye-Witness account by Seth King Humphrey

Old Ironsides, Sea Battle of USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere, Eye-Witness Account by U.S. Navy Captain Isaac Hull, August 19, 1812

"Old Reliable" Spending, political cartoon, 1938, by Clifford Berryman

Otis Elevator Patent, 1861

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Patrick Henry's Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death speech, March 23, 1775
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Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account by Japanese Commander and Pilot Mitsuo Fuchida, from his book Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan, published 1955

Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Marine Corporal Earl C. Nightingale aboard the U.S.S. Arizona

Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account of reaction of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by his secretary Grace Tully from her 1949 book F.D.R. My Boss

Pendleton Act vs Patronage political cartoon, 1883

Pendelton Civil Service Act, 1883
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(A) Peep into the AntiFederal Club political cartoon, 1793

Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges, October 28, 1701
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Pennsylvania Frame of Government, February 2,1683
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(The) Pennsylvania Gazette, July 20, 1749

Pennsylvania Map , 1770s

Peoples Party Founded political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1891

(The) Political Farce, 1876 (political cartoon)

Political Issues political cartoon, 1830s

Poor Richard's Almanack, Published by Benjamin Franklin, 1736

Populist Anti-Monopoly political cartoon, 1890s

Populist Appeal for Votes political cartoon, 1890s

Populist Platform for Government Ownership of Transportation political cartoon by A.N. Kellogg newspaper syndicate, 1891

Position of the Democratic Party in 1852 political cartoon

Postal Scandal political cartoon, 1903

President William James McKinley's reaction to War with Spain, April-May, 1898, Eye-Witness Account by H.H.Kohlsaat, editor of Chicago Times Herald

Presidential Candiates political cartoon, 1860

Proclamation of Neutrality, April 22, 1793
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Promissary Note, 1690
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Protest Against East Indies Company, 1773

Protest Against the Persecution of Quakers in New England, 1661

Protest Against the Stamp Act, October 31, 1765

P.T. Barnum Discovers Tom Thumb, 1842, Eye-Witness Account by Barnum

Pulitzer vs Hearst satire of yellow journalism political cartoon by Leon Barritt, 1898

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Railroad Trust Frankenstein, political cartoon, 1880

Reminiscences of Aftermath of Civil War, May 1865, Eye-Witness Account by South Carolina Plantation Owner Henry William Revenal

Reminiscences of Thomas Alva Edison by his private secretary Alfred O. Tate, 1880s-, Eye-Witness Account by Tate in his book Edison's Open Door: The Life Story of Thomas A. Edison, published 1938

Reparations $55,000,000,000; political cartoon by the New York World, 1921

Rev War Bond from Pennsylvania, 1780

Robber Barons , 1890s (political cartoon)

Runaway Slave Poster, 1854

 

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Salem Witch Trial of Martha Corey by Deodat Lawson , Eye-Witness Account, 21 March 1692

San Francisco Earthquake of April 18, 1906, Eye-Witness account by businessman Jerome B. Clark and G.A. Raymond in the book edited by Charles Morris The San Francisco Calamity by Earthquake and Fire

Savannah, Georgia Slave Auction, March 1859, Eye-witness account by reporter sent by Horace Greeley, publisher of the New York Daily Tribune

Scale of Depreciation for U.S. Dollar, 1777

(The) Secession Movement political cartoon, 1860

Sedition Act, July 14, 1798
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Senate Trial of President Andrew Johnson, May 16, 1868, Eye-Witness Account by Johnson's bodyguard William H. Crook

Sherman Invades Georgia, November 19-20 1864, Eye-Witness Account by school teacher Dolly Sumner Lunt

(Anti) Sherman Purchase political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1893

(Anti) Sherman Purchase political cartoon by Watson Huston for Sound Money magazine, 1893

Slave Auction Poster (undated)

Slave Trade political cartoon, 1830

Sons of Liberty document, 1765

Sons of Liberty Log, 1776

South Carolina Exposition & Protest, 1827-28
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Southern Volunteers, Confederate Draft political cartoon , 1862

Stamp Act of March 22, 1765
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Standard Oil Octopus , Political Cartoon by Udo Keppler, 1904

Star Spangled Banner, September 20, 1814
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Stock Market Crash, October 1929, Eye-Witness account by reporter Jonathan Norton Leonard from his book Three Years Down published 1944

 

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Teddy Roosevelt & the Rough Riders storm San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War, July 1, 1898, Eye-Witness Account by reporter Richard Harding Davis

Teddy Roosevelt as World Constable political cartoon by Louis Dalrymple, 1905

Teddy Roosevelt and Big Stick Diplomacy political cartoon by William Allen Rogers, 1904

Teddy Roosevelt and National Reforms political cartoon, 1905?

Teddy Roosevelt leaves Policies to successor William Howard Taft, political cartoon in Puck, 1909

Teddy Roosevelt wrestles RR Trust political cartoon by the New York Herald, 1902

Tenure of Office political cartoon, 1868

Texas Coming In political cartoon, 1844

They Shall Pay, Reparations political cartoon, 1920s

Third Term Panic political cartoon by Thomas Nast for Harpers Weekly, 1874

Tilden or Blood , 1876 (political cartoon)

Tokyo Fire Bomb Raid, 9 March 1945, Eye-Witness account by French reporter by Robert Guillan from his 1981 book I Saw Tokyo Burning

Tom Thumb Steam Locomotive in Operation, 1830, Eye-Witness Account by John Latrobe

To the Victor Belong the Spoils political cartoon by Thomas Nast for Harpers Weekly, 1887

Traveling the National Road, 1833, Eye-Witness Account by Charles Hoffman

Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814
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Treaty of Greenville, August 3, 1795
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Treaty of Paris, September 3, 1783
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Trial of Adulterers James Britton & Mary Latham descrbed by John Winthrop, Eye-Witness Account, 1641

"Two of a Mind" political cartoon by Walter J. Enright, 1933, in the New York American

 

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Ultimatum on the Oregon Question political cartoon, 1844

Uncle Tom's Cabin Poster, 1850s

U.S. $20 Bill, 1778

U.S. Continental $6 Note, 1776

U.S. Continental $55 Note, 1779

U.S. Loan from France, July 16, 1782
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U.S. Loan Office Certificate, 1792

U.S. Population Desnity, 1890

U.S. Population & Railways Map, 1900

U.S. v. Debs Supreme Court decision, 1905

 

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Van Buren and Ruin, political cartoon, 1840

Vermont $3 Note, 1809

Veto Galop political cartoon, 1868

Virginia Land Office Warrant, 1781

Virginia $2,000 Bill, 1781

Virginia Resolves by Patrick Henry, May 29, 1765
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Wagon Train from Missouri to Montana, 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Sarah Raymond, from her diary published 1902

War of 1812, Britain vs US boxing match political cartoon, 1812-15

Washington Bank of Westerly $3 Note, 1800

Washington Crossing the Delaware & Battle of Trenton, Eye-Witness Account, 24 December 1776 to 1 January 1777

We Accept the Situation, Reconstruction political cartoon by Thomas Nast, April 13, 1867

White Extremist political cartoon, 1870s

White Man's Burden , by The Journal of Detroit, 1899 (political cartoon)

William Bradford on the Mayflower, Eye-Witness Account, 1620

(President Thomas Woodrow) Wilson and the Declaration of War on Germany, June 1-2, 1917, Eye-Witness account by editor of the New York World Frank Cobb

(President Thomas Woodrow) Wilson pump-primes economy , political cartoon, 1913

Who Stole the People's Money, Political Cartoon by Thomas Nast about the Tweed Ring in New York City, August 19, 1871

Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur, bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio) Fly the First Airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, Eye-Witness account by inventor/aviator Orville Wright from his diary of the event

 

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Yellow Fever Epidemic described by Samuel Breck, Eye-Witness Account, Summer 1793

Yorktown Surrender described by James Thacher , Eye-Witness Account, 19 October 1781

 

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Pre-Columbian America & Colonial Beginnings

Magna Carta, May 28, 1215
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Letter of Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery, February 15, 1493
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Colonial Era (1607-1775)

John Smith Save by Pocahontas, Eye-Witness Account, 1608

William Bradford on the Mayflower, Eye-Witness Account, 1620

Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620
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(The) First Thanksgiving descrbed by Edward Winslow , Eye-Witness Account, 1621

Manhattan Island Purchase, 1626

New Netherlands Map , 1635

(Massachusetts) Body of Liberties, 1641
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Trial of Adulterers James Britton & Mary Latham descrbed by John Winthrop, Eye-Witness Account, 1641

Description of Mohawk Indians by Dutch Minister Johannes Megapolensis , Eye-Witness Account, 1644

Protest Against the Persecution of Quakers in New England, 1661

Description of New York City by Jaspar Danckaerts & Peter Sluyter, Eye-Witness Account, September-October 1679

Pennsylvania Frame of Government, February 2,1683
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Promissary Note, 1690
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Salem Witch Trial of Martha Corey by Deodat Lawson , Eye-Witness Account, 21 March 1692

Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges, October 28, 1701
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Massachusetts Thanksgiving Declaration by William Dummer, November 3, 1723
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Carolinas Royalized, 1729

Boston Land Bank Scheme, 1733
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Poor Richard's Almanack, Published by Benjamin Franklin, 1736

Indentured Servant Contract, 1738

(The) Pennsylvania Gazette , July 20, 1749

Gottleb Mittelberger Account of Sea Voyage to America , Eye-Witness Account, 1750

Pennsylvania Map , 1770s

Albany Plant of Union, June-July 1754
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Mary Jemison Account as Captive of Indians Journeying to Fort Duquesne, Eye-Witness Account, 1758

New Jersey Paper Shilling, 1763

Newspaper Stamp, 1765

Sons of Liberty document, 1765

Stamp Act of March 22, 1765
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Virginia Resolves by Patrick Henry, May 29, 1765
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Protest Against the Stamp Act, October 31, 1765

John Filson Account of Daniel Boone , Eye-Witness Account, 1769-70

Boston Massacre Described by British Captain Thomas Preston, Eye-Witness Account, 5 March 1770

Protest Against East Indies Company, 1773

Boston Tea Party Described by Sons of Liberty member George Hewes, Eye-Witness Account, 16 December 1773

Coercive or Intolerable Acts, 1774
Boston Port Act
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Massachusetts Government Act
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Administration of Justice Act
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Quartering Act
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Quebec Act
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Continental Association, October 20, 1774
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Currency Act, October 20, 1774
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Continental Congress Petition to the King, October 25, 1774
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Patrick Henry's Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death speech, March 23, 1775
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Battle of Lexington Described by British Lt Col Francis Smith, Eye-Witness Account, 19 April 1775

Battle of Lexington Described by Minuteman Sylvanus Wood, Eye-Witness Account, 19 April 1775

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Eye-Witness Account, 9-10 May 1775

 

Early Republic (1776-1815)

Common Sense, 1776
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Declaratory Act, March 18, 1776
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John Adams on Writing of Declaration of Independence, Eye-Witness Account, June 1776

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
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Sons of Liberty Log, 1776

U.S. Continental $6 Note, 1776

Washington Crossing the Delaware & Battle of Trenton, Eye-Witness Account, 24 December 1776 to 1 January 1777

Continental Army at Valley Forge described by Chevalier Pontgibaud, Eye-Witness Account, December 1777

Scale of Depreciation for U.S. Dollar, 1777

George Washington in Prayer at Valley Forge described by Isaac Potts, Eye-Witness Account, Winter 1777-78

Articles of Confederation, 1778
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U.S. $20 Bill, 1778

Bon Homme Richard vs Serapis Sea Battle described by John Paul Jones , Eye-Witness Account, 23 September 1779

A Declaration of Rights and Plan of Government for the State of New-Hampshire, statement by John Langdon, president of the state convention, 5 June 1779

U.S. Continental $55 Note, 1779

Rev War Bond from Pennsylvania, 1780

Virginia $2,000 Bill, 1781

Virginia Land Office Warrant, 1781

Yorktown Surrender described by James Thacher , Eye-Witness Account, 19 October 1781

U.S. Loan from France, July 16, 1782
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Treaty of Paris, September 3, 1783
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Northwest Ordinance, 1785-1787
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Annapolis Convention, September 14, 1786
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Constitution of 1787
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African Slave Trade described by Alexander Falconbridge, Eye-Witness Account, 1788

Federalist Papers Cover, 1788 (85 articles)
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Bill of Rights, 1789-1791
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First U.S. Patent, 1790

Hamilton's Report on Public Credit to the House of Representatives, January 9, 1790
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Hamilton Report on Manufactures, 1791
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Ohio Company Letter, 1792

Ohio Company Partners, (1792)

U.S. Loan Office Certificate, 1792

Northern Neck of Virginia Map , 1793

(A) Peep into the AntiFederal Club political cartoon, 1793

Yellow Fever Epidemic described by Samuel Breck, Eye-Witness Account, Summer 1793

Proclamation of Neutrality, April 22, 1793
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Jay Treaty, November 19, 1794
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Treaty of Greenville, August 3, 1795
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George Washington's Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
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Sedition Act, July 14, 1798
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Land Grant Document from President John Adams, 1799

Death of George Washington described by George Washington Custis, Eye-Witness Account, December 1799

Washington Bank of Westerly $3 Note, 1800

Federalist View of the Constitution political cartoon, 1800s

12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1803
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First Steamboat, on the Hudson River, Eye-Witness Account by Robert Fulton, August 17, 1807

Embargo Act political cartoons, 1808
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New Jersey Manumission Document, 1808

Vermont $3 Note, 1809

War of 1812, Britain vs US boxing match political cartoon, 1812-15

Old Ironsides, Sea Battle of USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere, Eye-Witness Account by U.S. Navy Captain Isaac Hull, August 19, 1812

Europe, 1814, Map from Ostell’s New General Atlas, published in London by Cradock and Joy

(The) Hartford Convention , political cartoon, 1814

(President) Madison fleeing Washington, political cartoon, 1814

British Burn Washington during War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account byFirst Lady Dolly Madision, August 23-24, 1814

British Burn Washington during War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account byBritish soldier George Robert Gleig, August 24, 1814

Star Spangled Banner, September 20, 1814
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Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814
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Battle of New Orleans after signing of peace treaty for War of 1812 , Eye-Witness Account by unknown American soldier, January 8, 1815

 

Ante-Bellum (1815-1860)

Anglo-American Convention of 1818; Monroe letter to Senate

McCulloch v. Maryland Supreme Court Decision, 1819
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Life as a Slave , 1820s, Eye-Witness Account by Elizabeth Keckley

Monroe Doctrine, December 2, 1823, as stated in Monroe's 7th Annual Address to Congress
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South Carolina Exposition & Protest, 1827-28
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Funeral Obsequies of Free Trade, tariff of abominations political cartoon, 1827

(A) Foot Race, political cartoon for presidential election, 1828

Jackson Presidential Campaign Poster, 1828

Andrew Jackson Inauguration as President, March 11, 1829 , Eye-Witness Account by Washington D.C. resident Margaret Bayard Smith

Conditions on a Slave Ship, May 23, 1829, Eye-Witness Account by Reverend Robert Walsh

Political Issues political cartoon, 1830s

Slave Trade political cartoon, 1830

Tom Thumb Steam Locomotive in Operation, 1830, Eye-Witness Account by John Latrobe

American System political cartoon, 1831

(General) Jackson Slaying the Many Headed Hydra, second national bank political cartoon, 1832

(Jackson and the) Old United States Bank, second national bank political cartoon, 1832

Jackson as King with Veto political cartoon, 1832

Nullification political cartoon, 1832

(Jackson and the) Second National Bank, removing U.S. deposits political cartoon, 1833

Nullification or a Peep at South Carolina, political cartoon, 1833

Traveling the National Road, 1833, Eye-Witness Account by Charles Hoffman

National Bank political cartoon, 1835

(General) Jackson and the) Seventh Ward Beggars, political cartoon, 1836

[The] Fall of the Alamo during the Texas War for Independence, March 5-6, 1836, Eye-Witness Account by an unknown Mexican soldier

Abolition Poster, 1837

Frederick Douglas Escapes from Slavery , 1838, Eye-Witness Account by Douglas

Bank of United States Note, 1840

(The) Dial Magazine, July 1840

Georgia State Order to Survey Indian Lands, 1840

Van Buren and Ruin, political cartoon, 1840

P.T. Barnum Discovers Tom Thumb, 1842, Eye-Witness Account by Barnum

Life in a Maine Shaker Community , 1843, Eye-Witness Account

Texas Coming In political cartoon, 1844

Ultimatum on the Oregon Question political cartoon, 1844

Corn Laws Article, 1846

San Francisco, 1847

New York Married Women's Property Act, 1848 (as amended 1849)
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Andrew Carnegie's Rise from Laborer to Capitalist, 1848-68, Eye-witness account by Carnegie

California Gold Rush Poster, 1849

[Joining the] California Gold Rush, 1849-50, Eye-Witness Account by Sheldon Shufelt of New York, after sailing to Panama

Effects of the Fugitive Slave Law political cartoon, 1850

Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of Free Soilers (political cartoon), 1850s

San Francisco, 19th Century

Great New York, 19th Century

New York Central Bond, 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin Poster, 1850s

Anti Irish & Catholic (political cartoon), 1850

San Francisco, 1851

Illinois Central Land Grant, 1851

Position of the Democratic Party in 1852 political cartoon

Life on a Southern Plantation, 1854, Eye-Witness Account

Runaway Slave Poster, 1854

Slave Auction Poster (undated)

Fugitive Slave Law Enforced, 1854, by return of escaped slave Anthony Burns from Boston to Virginia, Eye-witness account by Charles Emery Stevens, 1854

Bleeding Kansas (political cartoon), 1856

Dred Scott v Sandford Supreme Court decision (Syllabus summary, judicial history summary, and Chief Justice Taney's opinion, 1856

Lawrence, Kansas Sack, May 21, 1856, Eye-Witness Account by English traveler Thomas Gladstone

Dred Scott The Political Quadrille political cartoon, 1857

Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech, June 16, 1858
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Savannah, Georgia Slave Auction, March 1859, Eye-witness account by reporter sent by Horace Greeley, publisher of the New York Daily Tribune

John Brown Interrogated about his Raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, October 16-17, 1859, Eye-Witness Account by a reporter

John Brown's Raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, October 16-17, 1859, Eye-Witness Account Col. Robert E. Lee

Folly of Secession political cartoon, 1860

Lincoln Lunatic Asylum political cartoon, 1860

Presidential Candiates political cartoon, 1860

(The) Secession Movement political cartoon, 1860

 

Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Civil War Recruiting Posters, 1860s
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Confederate Diplomacy political cartoon, 1861

Mark Twain Rides the Stagecoach West, 1861, Eye-Witness Account by writer Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, from his 1872 book Roughing It

Buffalo Bill Rides for the Pony Express, 1861, Eye-Witness Account by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, from his Autobiographical Life of Buffalo Bill, published 1879

Lincoln as The Federal Phoenix political cartoon by Punch, December 3, 1861

Otis Elevator Patent, 1861

Battle Hymn of the Republic, November, 1861
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(Anti) Morrill Tariff political cartoon , 1862

San Francisco, 1862

Southern Volunteers, Confederate Draft political cartoon , 1862

[USS] Monitor vs CSS Merrimac sea battle, March 8, 1862, Eye-Witness Account by Lt. Samuel Dana Greene of the Monitor

Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, Eye-Witness Account by Confederate soldier Henry Morton Stanley

Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862
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Lincoln's Last Warning political cartoon, October 1862

Confederate Draft Exemption Document, 1863?

Richmond, Virginia, 1863

Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
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Sherman Invades Georgia, November 19-20 1864, Eye-Witness Account by school teacher Dolly Sumner Lunt

(Abraham) Lincoln Campaign Poster, 1864

Lincoln-McClellan political cartoon, 1864

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1865
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Confederate General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse to Union General Ulysses S. Grant 9 April 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Union General Horace Porter

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., April 14, 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Union Major Henry Rathbone

Emancipation, an Allegorical Illustration by Thomas Nast , 1865

Reminiscences of Aftermath of Civil War, May 1865, Eye-Witness Account by South Carolina Plantation Owner Henry William Revenal

Wagon Train from Missouri to Montana, 1865, Eye-Witness Account by Sarah Raymond, from her diary published 1902

We Accept the Situation, Reconstruction political cartoon by Thomas Nast, April 13, 1867

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1868
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(The) Ku Klux Klan lynches black men, 1868, Eye-Witness Account by former slave Ben Johnson

Tenure of Office political cartoon, 1868

Senate Trial of President Andrew Johnson, May 16, 1868, Eye-Witness Account by Johnson's bodyguard William H. Crook

Veto Galop political cartoon, 1868

Golden Spike at Promontory Point, Utah connects Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, May 10, 1869, Eye-Witness account by observer Alexander Topence

15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1870
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Carpet Bag and Bayonet Rule (Reconstruction political cartoon), 1860s-70s

Grant Scandals, 1870s (political cartoon)

White Extremist political cartoon, 1870s

Chinese Question, by Harpers Weekly 1871 (political cartoon)

Who Stole the People's Money, Political Cartoon by Thomas Nast about the Tweed Ring in New York City, August 19, 1871

Cincinnati Convention, 1872 (political cartoon)

Battle with Apaches in Arizona, December 28, 1872, Eye-Witness account by Captain John G. Bourke

Gift for the Grangers Illustration by J. Hale Powers Co. of Cincinnati OH, 1873

Granger Anti-RR political cartoon, 1873

Credit Mobilier Scandal political cartoon by New York Sun, 1874

Third Term Panic political cartoon by Thomas Nast for Harpers Weekly, 1874

Capture by & Escape from Arapahos in Wyoming, 1875, Eye-Witness account by former Union Army soldier William Glazier

Depression of 1873-75 (Way to Grow Poor; Way to Grow Rich) political cartoon, 1875

Ark of State (Ulysses Grant & hard money policy) political cartoon, 1875

Electoral Commission , 1876 (political cartoon)

(The) Political Farce, 1876 (political cartoon)

Tilden or Blood , 1876 (political cartoon)

Toledo, 1876

Battle on the Little Big Horn River or Custer's Last Stand, June 25, 1876, Eye-Witness account by 7th Cavalry scout George Herenden as told to New York Herald reporter

Of Course He Wants to Vote the Democratic Ticket (Harper's Weekly, October 21, 1876, political cartoon)

Cleveland, 1877

Hayes defeats Tilden, political cartoon by NY Daily Graphic, 1877

 

Later 19th Century (1877-1900)

Immigration to the U.S. of author Robert Louis Stevenson, 1879, Eye-Witness account by Stevenson, published that year in his book The Amateur Emigrant

Farmer Garfield (James Abram Garfield) campaign poster, 1880

Railroad Trust Frankenstein, political cartoon, 1880

Reminiscences of Thomas Alva Edison by his private secretary Alfred O. Tate, 1880s-, Eye-Witness Account by Tate in his book Edison's Open Door: The Life Story of Thomas A. Edison, published 1938

Hayes Attacks Patronage political cartoon, 1881

Curse of California by G.F. Keller , 1882 (political cartoon)

Cowboy in Dodge City, Kansas, 1882, Eye-Witness account by cowboy Andy Adams from his journal published in 1903

Pendelton Civil Service Act, 1883
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Civil Service Corruption by Harper's Weekley, 1883 (political cartoon)

Pendleton Act vs Patronage political cartoon, 1883

Exeter, New Hampshire, 1884

Homesteaders Clash with Ranchers in Nebraska, 1884, Eye-Witness account by homesteader Solomon Butcher from his diary

Gould Caught Napping by Harper's Weekley, 1886 (political cartoon)

Anti Patronage political cartoon, 1887

To the Victor Belong the Spoils political cartoon by Thomas Nast for Harpers Weekly, 1887

Bosses of the Senate political cartoon by Joseph Keppler in Puck, 1889

Gold Standard political cartoon by Watson Huston for Sound Money magazine, 1890

U.S. Population Desnity, 1890

Battle at Wounded Knee between U.S. Cavalry & Sioux Indians, December 29, 1890, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Army interpreter Philip Wells

Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1890s

Populist Anti-Monopoly political cartoon, 1890s

Populist Appeal for Votes political cartoon, 1890s

Robber Barons , 1890s (political cartoon)

(The) Negro Disenfranchised, 1890s-1900s (political cartoon)

Newport News, Virginia, 1891

Peoples Party Founded political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1891

Populist Platform for Government Ownership of Transportation political cartoon by A.N. Kellogg newspaper syndicate, 1891

(Anti) Free Trade political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1892

(Anti) Sherman Purchase political cartoon by Victor Gillam for Judge magazine, 1893

(Anti) Sherman Purchase political cartoon by Watson Huston for Sound Money magazine, 1893

Oklahoma Land Rush, September 16, 1893, Eye-Witness account by Seth King Humphrey

Bimetallism vs Monometallism political cartoon in Coin's Financial School, a book published 1894

King Debs political cartoon by W.A. Rogers for Harpers Weekly, 1894

Pennsylvania Railroad Car Shop, 1895

Anti Free Silver political cartoon, 1896

Anti Populist political cartoon, 1896

Free Silver Parade political cartoon, 1896

Pulitzer vs Hearst satire of yellow journalism political cartoon by Leon Barritt, 1898

President William James McKinley's reaction to War with Spain, April-May, 1898, Eye-Witness Account by H.H.Kohlsaat, editor of Chicago Times Herald

Battle of Manila Bay, April-May 1898, Eye-Witness Account by Commodore George Dewey

Teddy Roosevelt & the Rough Riders storm San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War, July 1, 1898, Eye-Witness Account by reporter Richard Harding Davis

White Man's Burden , by The Journal of Detroit, 1899 (political cartoon)

Cost of American Empire , 1900 (political cartoon)

Gold Democrats, political cartoon by Puck, 1900

U.S. Population & Railways Map, 1900

 

Early 20th Century (1901-1920)

Northern Securities, Political Cartoon by Harpers Weekly, May 25, 1901

Assassination (Mortal Wounding) of William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, September 6, 1901, Eye-Witness account by reporter John D. Wells as reported in Collier's Weekly

Miner Punches Mine Owner political cartoon by Punch Magazine, 1902

Teddy Roosevelt wrestles RR Trust political cartoon by the New York Herald, 1902

Postal Scandal political cartoon, 1903

Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur, bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio) Fly the First Airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, Eye-Witness account by inventor/aviator Orville Wright from his diary of the event

Jack (Teddy Roosevelt) & Wall Street Giants , Political Cartoon by Joseph Keppler, 1904

Standard Oil Octopus , Political Cartoon by Udo Keppler, 1904

Teddy Roosevelt and Big Stick Diplomacy political cartoon by William Allen Rogers, 1904

Teddy Roosevelt and National Reforms political cartoon, 1905?

Teddy Roosevelt as Trust Buster political cartoon by New York Herald, 1905?

Teddy Roosevelt as World Constable political cartoon by Louis Dalrymple, 1905

Immigration to America from Poland and Sweatshop experience of Sadie Frowne, 1905, Eye-Witness account by Sadie Frowne as published the next year in Hamilton Holt's The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by Themselves

U.S. v. Debs Supreme Court decision, 1905

Hepburn Act, political cartoon, May 15, 1906, by Clifford K. Berryman

San Francisco Earthquake of April 18, 1906, Eye-Witness account by businessman Jerome B. Clark and G.A. Raymond in the book edited by Charles Morris The San Francisco Calamity by Earthquake and Fire

Henry Ford Develops the Model T Automobile, 1906-13, Eye-Witness account by Ford employee Charles E. Sorenson from his 1956 book My Forty Years with Ford

Teddy Roosevelt leaves Policies to successor William Howard Taft, political cartoon in Puck, 1909

IWW (International Workers of the World) Poster, 1910s

J.P. Morgan Helping Hand for Uncle Sam, political cartoon by Puck, 1911

(President Thomas Woodrow) Wilson pump-primes economy , political cartoon, 1913

(President Thomas Woodrow) Wilson and the Declaration of War on Germany, June 1-2, 1917, Eye-Witness account by editor of the New York World Frank Cobb

League of Nations political cartoon, Republican Party opposition, 1919

19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution on Women's Suffrage , May 19, 1919
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(The) Gap in the Bridge, League of Nations political cartoon by Punch, December 10,1919

 

Between the World Wars (1921-1939)

They Shall Pay, Reparations political cartoon, 1920s

Reparations $55,000,000,000; political cartoon by the New York World, 1921

Lindbergh First Flight to Cross Atlantic Ocean, Long Island, New York to Paris, France, May 20-21, 1927, Eye-Witness account by aviator Charles A. Lindbergh

Stock Market Crash, October 1929, Eye-Witness account by reporter Jonathan Norton Leonard from his book Three Years Down published 1944

Hawley Smoot political cartoon, 1930 by Dorman Henry Smith for the San Francisco Examiner

Bonus Army March on Washington D.C., June 1932, Eye-Witness account by Evalyn Walsh McLean, wife of owner of Washington Post newspaper from the 1936 book Father Struck It Rich

"Don't Crush Them" Farm Relief Bill political cartoon, 1933 by Milton R. Halladay of the Providence Journal

"Two of a Mind" political cartoon by Walter J. Enright, 1933, in the New York American

"Do We Want a Venriloquist in the Supreme Court? political cartoon, 1937, in the Waterbury Republican

FDR Supreme Court Packing, political cartoon, 1937

"Old Reliable" Spending, political cartoon, 1938, by Clifford Berryman

 

Second World War (1939-1945)

Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account by Japanese Commander and Pilot Mitsuo Fuchida, from his book Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan, published 1955

Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Marine Corporal Earl C. Nightingale aboard the U.S.S. Arizona

Pearl Harbor, Japanese Surprise Attack, 7 December 1941, Eye-Witness account of reaction of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by his secretary Grace Tully from her 1949 book F.D.R. My Boss

Bataan Death March, 1942, Eye-Witness account by Lt. Col. William Dyess of the US Army Air Corps from his 1943 book

Doolittle Bombing Raid on Tokyo, 18 April 1942, Eye-Witness account by Lt. Ted W. Dawson of the US Army Air Corps, pilot of the Ruptured Duck, from his 1943 book

Battle of Midway, 7 June 1942, Eye-Witness account by pilot Ensign George Gay of the United States Navy, in an interview

Good Neighbor Goes Visiting, political cartoon, 1943

D-Day Landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, 6 June 1944, Eye-Witness account by U.S. Army Ranger Robert Edlin

Berlin in Ruins, July 1945, Eye-Witness account by reporter by Joel Sayre as printed in New York Magazine

Maidanek Concentration Camp in Poland after capture by Russian troops, July 1944, Eye-Witness account by reporter Alexander Werth

Liberation of Paris by the Free French 2d Armored Division, August 1944, Eye-Witness account by NBC Radio correspondent Robert Mac Vane from his 1979 book On the Air in World War II

Tokyo Fire Bomb Raid, 9 March 1945, Eye-Witness account by French reporter by Robert Guillan from his 1981 book I Saw Tokyo Burning

(First) Atomic Bomb Test at Alamagordo, New Mexico, 16 July 1945, Eye-Witness account by General Thomas Farrell

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb result, 6 August 1945, Eye-Witness account by Japanese doctor Michihiko Hachiya from his diary published in 1955

 

Cold War Era Part I (1946-1963)

 

Cold War Era Part II (1964-1989)

 

New World Order (1990-)