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SHAPELL MANUSCRIPT FOUNDATION
603 primary source manuscripts
Releasing thousands of manuscripts as the digitization process continues; sharing stories from the human aspect of history.
"...the skies look bright. What clouds may hereafter rise, we know not."
"...bestially murdered my than half of my Jewish brethren..."
"We are confident of victory....I hope this Battle will end the war."
"...Presidents & Congress have 'reaffirmed' the solemn promise..."
“...at times it seems almost more than I can bear..."
The Stories Behind the History
Discover the personal motivations and untold intrigues behind the stories that have shaped history.
Lincoln's surprisingly prolific relationships with Jewish citizens
"I am convinced to the depth of my soul" - Theodor Herzl
How important is military service for the Commander in Chief?
The toughest job in the U.S. is also the deadliest
Charting Lincoln's interpersonal relationships with the Jewish community
At an even more fraught and divisive moment in our past, Abraham Lincoln, too, lost an epic contest – and so 160 years ago wrote this letter whose final words are once more worth heeding.
Day In History
Grover Cleveland, recovering from secret cancer surgery, reports he is "getting to be quite a drunkard." Photo Credit: U.S. Library of Congress. Discover more on Day in History.
A microcosm of the American story, the Civil War was a crucible for the Jewish community. The Shapell Roster and its accompanying research exemplify the experiences of that period and illuminate the social, political, and religious struggles of the time.