Letters From American History (Full Year)

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Letters From American History (Full Year)

Letters From American History (Full Year)

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Explore American history one historic letter at a time.

This package includes:

  • Fifty-two reproductions of real historic letters, mailed to your door.
  • USPS First-Class Postage for each letter.
  • Fine stationery or parchment for each letter.
  • "The Postscript": An article with detailed background information on the figures and events within each of your letters.

Letters are mailed one-by-one at approximately a weekly cadence.

Meet Your Pen Pals

Learn about some of the historical figures we've mailed letters from in the past.

Letters and telegrams from Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt is among our most popular pen pals, writing to discuss everything from the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine to the construction of the Panama Canal and his fight against corruption in New York City.

Letters and telegrams from Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Legendary aviator Amelia Earhart wrote Letterjoy members to discuss some of her most famous flights and her infamous final journey.

Letters from Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote Letterjoy members to discuss life on the court and his experience as an expert litigator for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Among other cases discussed are "The Groveland Case," and Marshall's work defending GIs in Korea.

Letters from Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie wrote Letterjoy members to discuss how he built his empire and his reacton to the Homestead Strike of 1892.

Letters from Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

First Lady Abigail Adams is another frequent Letterjoy author, writing about her experience during the Boston Blockade and the American Revolution and to advise her son and husband on their budding political careers.

Letters from William T. Sherman

William T. Sherman

General William Tecumseh Sherman wrote Letterjoy members to discuss his famous "March To The Sea" and the rationale behind his controversial decision to burn the city of Atlanta.

Letters from CIA Director Allen Dulles

Allen W. Dulles

Long-time CIA Director Allen W. Dulles has written Letterjoy members to discuss notable CIA programs and operations, including the U-2 Spy Plane, Operation Paperclip, and the Bay Of Pigs invasion.

Letters from Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony wrote Letterjoy members to discuss her arrest and trial for voting as a woman and her work advocating for women's suffrage.

Letters from Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln frequently writes to Letterjoy members. Topics covered include Civil War military strategy, his debates with Stephen Douglas, his life as a circuit-riding country lawyer, and more.

Letters from Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass has written Letterjoy members to discuss life as a slave, his famous memoir, and his work attempting to rescue the struggling Freedman's Savings Bank in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Letters from Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Dwight D. Eisenhower has written Letterjoy members to discuss his efforts to de-escalate the Cold War and his work as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe.

Letters from Henry Clay

Henry Clay

Henry Clay has written Letterjoy members to discuss foreign policy in his role as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams. He's also written to discuss his work in Congress as the "Great Compromiser".

Letters From Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg wrote Letterjoy members to discuss life on death row, their claims of innocence, and their convictions for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union.

About The Letterjoy Experience

Legendary Pen Pals

Each week, you’ll receive a reproduction of a real letter from American history in your (physical) mailbox.

Over the course of your membership, you’ll read dispatches from a variety of famous or eloquent historical pen pals. Recent letter writers include Benjamin Franklin, Sitting Bull, Sojourner Truth, and Douglas MacArthur.

Timely & Timeless Topics

Each month, your letters will explore a different theme from four angles. Themes vary from month to month, so you may find yourself reading letters from infamous Wild West Gunslingers in one month and Civil War spies or captains of industry in the next.

Old-School Charm

No screens are required to enjoy Letterjoy. Opening your letters is as “old-school” an experience as can be. Each is mailed in an ivory envelope with a real first-class stamp, and all of your letters will arrive on fine stationery, vellum, or parchment with letterhead and other design touches engineered to transport you back in time.

The Context To Dig Deeper

Alongside each of your letters, you’ll receive “the postscript”, an article written by our expert researchers with detailed background information on your letter.

Each postscript is brimming with historical details perfect for inspiring an afternoon of reading or helping you win your next pub trivia game.

Member Testimonials

"My 12 year old history obsessed son loved his Letterjoy. It’s not just the letter- it’s the info that comes with it. My son is on Scholar Bowl and he sees these as a treasure trove of info. Took it to school today to share with team. Thank you!"

— Lauren, Florida

"If you are looking for a great holiday gift for someone in politics or who likes history I have really enjoyed @Letterjoy . They send you a historical letter each week and they are fascinating. One week might be from a WWII general & the next week about natural ice in the 1920s."

— John, Alabama

"We did the Letterjoy thing as a Christmas gift for our son, and I’m definitely the biggest beneficiary. I read them aloud to the whole family, in the accent/voice I imagine each author would have had."

— Stephanie, New York