This year marks 350 years since Governor Richard Nicoll appointed New York's first mayor, Thomas Willett, in 1665. Much has changed since the office's earliest days, including the expansion of the mayor's powers. New York mayors are now known far and wide while a comparatively small number of the 109 overall are familiar to the average New Yorker. Among this less recognizable cohort is David Mathews, the city's mayor from 1776 to 1783. It may seem inscrutable how a man who served in such an...Read More
The position of African-Americans during the American Revolution was complicated by the incongruous conceptions of freedom held by American colonists. Fears about what arming African-Americans and promises of freedom might do to the institution of slavery meant limited interest in attracting blacks to actively contribute to the cause. This reticence gave ample opportunity to the British to foment slave unrest in the colonies, and to attract larger numbers of slaves and free blacks to their...Read More
This post was written by cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
Satirical takedowns and witty bon mots weren’t invented by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Our 19th-century forebears knew a thing or two about the influential effect of a little well-aimed satire, as evidenced by an 1871 broadside that the New-York Historical Society Library has in its collections.
The Library’s broadside is a copy of a famous speech given by J. Proctor Knott, a Democratic congressman from Kentucky who was...Read More
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