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
Many New Yorkers are likely unaware that a collection of ancient Egyptian items once resided on Broadway near Astor Place. From 1853-1860 the Abbott Collection, displayed as the Egyptian Museum, was located at the Stuyvesant Institute at 659 Broadway. Dr. Henry Abbott was a British physician who lived in Cairo for over 20 years and was a known collector of Egyptian art and antiquities, in a time when it was still possible to collect and...Read More
This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger.
This Veterans Day, with a focus on an item from the American Historical Manuscript Collection, we have the privilege of seeing the Second World War through the eyes of one soldier: Charles Murray Foster of the 1st Battalion of the 114th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, deployed to northern France during the fall of 1944.
Encamped in an old apple orchard, his regiment made its home in pup tents, or...Read More
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