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Available for Spring

The paperback edition of Independence Hall in American Memory is now published, well in advance of the publication date previously stated on Amazon.com and the Penn Press website. If you are considering course adoption, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to request additions to this website to support your teaching. Email Charlene Mires at cmires@camden.rutgers.edu.

New This Week (Dec. 10, 2013)

This week’s additions to our document collections highlight the meaning of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell during the nineteenth century:

  • Officials from Boston and Philadelphia exchanged welcoming speeches in the Hall of Independence in 1854, when the Bostonians came to Philadelphia on a tour to inspect lunatic asylums. [link to document]
  • Newspapers in New Orleans and Philadelphia had vastly different reactions to remarks by Jefferson Davis during the Liberty Bell’s travels to New Orleans in 1885.  The illustration with these documents presents the Liberty Bell as a symbol of meaning for African Americans who had experienced slavery. [link to documents]

Nelson Mandela at Independence Hall

Together with F.W. de Klerk, in 1993 Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom Medal in a ceremony at Independence Hall.  His remarks that day are preserved on the website of the National Convention Center: [link here]