Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

About the Project

Preserving American Freedom, a Historical Society of Pennsylvania digital history project funded by Bank of America, explores how Americans have interpreted and fought for their freedoms from the 1600s to the present and how these freedoms have shaped America's history. To this end, the project presents 50 documents from HSP's collection that illuminate conceptions, facets, and conflicts of freedom, as well as interpretive and contextual essays and resources for educators.

Project Team

Tamara Gaskell, Historian and Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs
Rachel Moloshok, Project Manager
Jacob Roberts, Project Intern
Ethan Fried, Project Intern


Bank of America

Copyright and Terms of Use

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) makes a claim of copyright only to original contributions made by the Preserving American Freedom Digital History Project participants and other staff. HSP makes no claim of copyright to the original text. Permission is granted to download, transmit or otherwise reproduce, distribute or display the text contributions to this work claimed by HSP for non-profit educational purposes, provided that the document/page header is included in its entirety.

For inquiries about commercial uses, please contact HSP. HSP retains the rights of all images unless otherwise noted. Possession of an HSP digital image does not constitute permission to use or publish it. Requests for digital imaging, other reproduction services, and the intended use of reproductions must be made in writing to the Rights and Reproductions Coordinator at