George Washington, engraving after a portrait by John Trumbull, PR 052, Box 148.
George Washington, the Battle of Brooklyn, and a possible footnote on Alexander Hamilton
September 21, 2016

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. The drama of bravery, defeat, and successful retreat in 1776 will be on display as “The Battle of Brooklyn” exhibition opens at The New-York Historical Society this week.  This first major battle of the American Revolution remained seared in George Washington’s memory.  An…

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‘No Stamped Paper to be Had': The Stamp Act 250 Years Later
October 28, 2015

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections “The stamps are now a Commodity no Body knows what to do with, and are more abominable, and dangerous to be meddled with, than if they were infected with the Pestilence,” wrote the New-York Mercury 250 years ago. “The stamps” was the shorthand…

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Occupying Manhattan’s Public Spaces: 1776 and Today
November 4, 2011

Post written by Eric Robinson. Love it or hate it, the forlorn but determined group camped out at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan thrust New York City back into the center of a national debate. Our city has long been considered a political outlier because of its progressive voting patterns and ability to weather recessions,…

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