"We are thrilled to announce that from now until March 31st, you can access "American History in 50 Documents," - featuring 50 hand-picked and analyzed Gilder Lehrman Collection documents, ranging from 1493-1859 - for free!"This is a fantastic opportunity to view documents like the "Barcelona Letter" originally addressed to Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain by Columbus glowingly describing his discoveries which persuaded them to allow him to make more voyages to what he steadfastly believed was East Asia.
[Source: Smithsonian Magazine]
Among the other documents included are Samuel F.B. Morse's 1843 expense report for the cost of creating the first telegraph line between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and part of a draft of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech of 1857.
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