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"I will entrust you with a secret which I have communicated to no one except my own family and desire you to retain it.... Libbie Bacon is the fortunate or unfortunate person, whichever it will be, who will unite her destinies with mine."
December 5th, 1839: The birth of George Armstrong Custer http://www.shapell.org/Collection/Custeriana #OTD
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"You can not reason with fanaticism" - Millard Fillmore on the Fugitive Slave and Kansas-Nebraska Acts. #OTD http://www.shapell.org/manuscript/millard-fillmore-fugitive-slave-kansas-nebraska-act-slavery-fanaticism
Access early American history and Jewish history first hand. Read letters and tour exhibits of famous Jewish and secular personalities, as well as learn about the early Zionist Jews.
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"At the outset of the war, the Union medical corps consisted of 83 surgeons and assistant surgeons, few if any of whom had ever treated a gunshot wound."
In this three-page, handwritten document, Baltimorean P.J. Horwitz, who served as surgeon general of the Navy for the Union during the Civil War, tries ...
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June 25, 2016 - 140 Years since the Battle of the Little Bighorn - General Custer's Last Stand #OTD
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Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, doesn't want it known he is buying British-made blankets for “those poor creatures,” his slaves. #OTD June 10, 1811
Read Thomas Jefferson's letter where he refers to his slaves as
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Franklin Pierce describes his discovery of Nathaniel Hawthorne - his lifelong friend - dead, in the middle of the night.
#OTD May 19th, 1864
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70 Yrs #OTD in 1946: Execution of 10 Nazi War Criminals - The Nuremberg Trial hangings: http://buff.ly/2deBsD4
"Dear General Eisenhower
I feel that you might want to see the enclosed letter personally. It is a rather unusual request. I am informing this soldier that in the event the Seventh Army is given the mission of shooting the German Reich Marshall Goering we will honor his request.
Respectfully,
A.M.PATCH
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army"
#holocaust #WW2 #WWII
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"We Have Not Yet Appointed a Hebrew" - Abraham Lincoln.
A leading historian of American Judaism, Jonathan Sarna, discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with the Jews—and Jews’ fascination with Lincoln.
A leading historian of American Judaism discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with the Jews—and Jews’ fascination with Lincoln.
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July 4th, 1863, Letter from Union Soldier at the Gettysburg Battlefield
View a rare letter from the Gettysburg Battlefield, written by a Jewish Union Soldier July 4, 1863. Read it online at the Shapell Manuscript Foundation.
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Happy Father's Day!
"He was always very indulgent to his children – chided or praised for it he always said, 'It is my pleasure that my children are free – happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent.'" - Mary Lincoln on Abraham Lincoln's parenting. http://www.shapell.org/this-day-in-history/fathers-day
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Provocative David Ben-Gurion letter as the Six-Day War commenced in 1967: "our army will defeat all our enemies. Public opinion says that it takes "two Arabs to equal one Israeli soldier." I can tell you: not even five Arabs can equal one Israeli soldier." #JerusalemDay
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"Once again, the hands of thousands of refugees from death and destruction knock on our doors..." - Pioneer of modern Hebrew poetry, Hayim Nahman Bialik, writes of persecution in the diaspora and refuge in 1934. ‪#‎OTD‬
Haim Bialik on persecution of Jews, refugees, and nationalism in 1934
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American, Presidential, and Jewish History Since 1840
Introduction
The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is an independent educational organization dedicated to the collection and research of original manuscripts and historical documents. The Foundation's focus is on the histories of the United States and the Holy Land, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.