Today in History–March 30–the Library of Congress features the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia, which Secretary of State William Seward agreed to on this day in 1867. Opponents of the $7.2 million purchase called it “Seward’s Folly” but opinions changed following the discovery of gold and, later, oil. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.
Alaska Purchase from America’s Library
Meeting of Frontiers: Alaska – The Alaska Purchase online exhibition (English and Russian)
More Alaska Purchase historical newspaper coverage 1867-1869
More Alaska Purchase historical newspaper coverage 1870 on
Senate ratification of the treaty with Russia (April 9, 1867)
House Alaska purchase appropriation approval (July 14, 1868)
Today in History: Alaska primary sources & more