Jason M. Barr’s book Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skylines (Oxford University Press, 2016) is now available in paperback.
The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyscrapers and provides insights into the economic forces that have created its distinctive and iconic panorama. Continue reading
SUNY Oneonta English Professor Roger W. Hecht’s new book, Freemen Awake! Rally Songs & Poems from New Yorks’s Anti-Rent Movement (Delaware Co. Hist. Assoc., 2018) is an edited collection of nearly three dozen songs and poems written by anti-renters and their supporters.
The Anti-Rent War (1839 to 1852) was a movement of tenants against the state’s most powerful landholding families, including the Van Rennselaers, to end the lease-holding system. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Brian Regal, an Associate Professor of History at Kean University and the co-author of The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created A Monster (John Hopkins University Press, 2018), takes us into New Jersey’s past by taking us through the origins of the New Jersey Devil story. You can listen to the podcast here:www.benfranklinsworld.com/192
A new book by Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (Cornell University Press, 2018) presents a fresh look at the Dutch Atlantic after New Netherland.
This epoch (1680–1815), the authors argue, marked a distinct and significant era in which Dutch military power declined and Dutch colonies began to chart a more autonomous path. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Lisa Brooks, an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College helps us re-examine and re-think what we know about King Philip’s War by introducing us to new people, new ways we can look at known historical sources, and to different ways we can think about what we know about this event with details from her book Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale Press, 2017). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/191. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Jennifer Goloboy, an independent scholar based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the author of Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era (University of Georgina Press, 2016), helps us explore the origins of the American middle class so we can better understand what it is and why so many Americans want to be a part of it. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/190 Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Sam White, an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and author of A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter (Harvard University Press, 2017), joins us to explore the Little Ice Age and how it impacted initial European exploration and colonization of North America. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/189
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Terri Halperin, an instructor at the University of Richmond and author of The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798: Testing the Constitution (John Hopkins University Press, 2016), helps us explore the Alien and Sedition Acts and their origins. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/188
Author Ronald C. White is set to deliver a David H. Porter Memorial Lecture at Grant Cottage near Saratoga on Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Entitled “Ulysses S. Grant: A New Vision for the American Leadership,” White’s lecture is based on his best-selling biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.
White will offer three episodes from Grant’s life – the Civil War, the presidency, and the writing of his memoirs in his final illness. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Kenneth Cohen, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the author of They Will Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2017), leads us through an exploration of early American sport and sporting culture. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/187