Category Archives: Books

Manhattan Skyline History Now In Paperback


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building the skylineJason 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

Freemen Awake! Anti-Rent Movement Songs and Poems


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Freemen Awake Rally Songs Poems from NY Anti-Rent MovementSUNY 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

The Secret History of the New Jersey Devil


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ben_franklins_worldIn 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

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Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic


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realm between empiresA 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

A New History of King Philip’s War


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ben_franklins_worldIn 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

Origins of the American Middle Class


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ben_franklins_worldIn 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

Ulysses S. Grant Biographer To Speak At Grant Cottage


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American UlyssesAuthor 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