Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
One hundred-fifty years ago, in the late spring of 1863, the news was troubling for Federal forces as they awaited an invasion of the northern states by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The hope was that Major General Ulysses S. Grant, operating with some independence in the West, could accomplish his goal of gaining full control of the Mississippi River. Standing in the way was the Confederate...Read More
This posting was written by Dael Norwood, a Bernard & Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.
On February 22, 1784, a small ship with big ambitions weighed anchor, and sailed down the East River. Commanded by John Green, the Empress of China left New York on George Washington’s birthday aiming to be the first American ship to reach Canton, China. The novelty of this distant destination loaded the vessel with more than just...Read More
Even in a city with as many monuments as Washington, D.C., the Adams Memorial is exceptional. Commissioned on the death of his wife by Henry Adams, it is one of the most widely celebrated pieces of American funerary art.
Adams' wife Clover committed suicide in December 1885. The loss so shook Adams that she is entirely absent from his 1907 autobiographical work, The Education of Henry Adams. In fact, he excises the entire period of their marriage, from...Read More
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