The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds more than 21 million documents and items. It was Rachel Moloshok’s job to select 50 of them.
Moloshok was compiling no less than a history of how Americans have defined freedom and how they’ve fought for it.
After two years of effort, the fruits of her labor can be seen on a new interactive website that charts the evolution of what many Americans take for granted.
It’s a 350-year-old tale of struggle and conflict told through original documents both famous and obscure, from an early draft of the Articles of Confederation to a suffragette’s letter home.
The historical society hopes its interactive Preserving American Freedom website will be used in the classroom.