You might expect to hear this kind of question in a game of Trivial Pursuit, and if you're inclined to say “Simpson”, you’re right – sort of.
In truth, Simpson was not part of his name at all and that’s on the authority of the man himself. On June 23, 1864, Grant wrote to Congressman E.B. Washburn with an explanation, politely noting, “In answer to your letter of a few days ago asking what ‘S’ stands...Read More
Fashion week, Alexander McQueen at the Met . . . . lately, we've been looking at fashion very seriously. But fashion has always had its funny side too. Take, for example, this 1776 caricature of the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Caricature File, PR 010
One of a series of satires by the husband-and-wife team Matthew and Mary Darly, these prints mock the elevated hairstyles popular in 18th-century London while also providing political commentary.
While fashion in the "Age...Read More
This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
In the New-York Historical Society library collection is number one, volume one of Prison Times, a newspaper devised and edited by prisoners at the Union Army prison at Fort Delaware, Delaware. The document itself is handwritten and well organized, ready for the eyes and minds of Confederate prisoners of war being held at the Union fort.
Its mission statement strikes an inoffensive tone:...Read More
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