On September 22, 1852, New York dry goods merchant Edward Neufville Tailer sat down to record his latest diary entry as he did religiously from 1848 until very nearly the day of his death in 1917. On this particular occasion he reflected on his reading of one of the most famous American literary works, Uncle Tom's Cabin, published only that summer.
While not every American has read Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, it's virtually impossible not to have heard of it. Regarded...Read More
To kick off Black History Month, here is a cabinet card that has fascinated me ever since I stumbled across it in our Portrait File.
Titled "Little Ethiopians," it's a composite of 21 portraits of African-American babies. The cabinet card was issued by Smith's Studio of Photography in Chicago, Illinois, and bears an 1881 copyright date. I initially thought that the photographer, Joshua Smith, might have been an African-American, but further investigation proved this guess wrong.
Few would argue that the events of December 8, 1941 match in significance the catastrophic events of the previous day but it's worth recalling that this was the day Congress actually voted to declare war on Japan. Though the vote was all but a foregone conclusion, there was yet a lone voice of dissent to which Milton Halsey Thomas, then curator of Columbiana at Columbia University, makes brief reference in his diary:
The Senate voted unanimously, and in the House there was only...Read More
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