In fact, Massachusetts issued the very first slave code in English America in 1641. Why did New Englanders turn to slavery and become the first in English America to codify its practice? [Read more…] about New England Indians, Colonists, and Origins of American Slavery
A year-long online project by Jerry Kuntz to update the criminal profiles in Thomas Byrnes’s 1886 book Professional Criminals of America with newly-unearthed genealogical information and additional biographical facts has been completed.
The Professonal Criminals of America Revised website now contains 203 profiles of the most infamous American thieves of the 19th century. [Read more…] about A New 19th Century American Criminals Online Reference
Arthur C.M. and Nancy V. Kelly, co-founders and owners of Kinship Books, have donated the assets of their genealogical publishing business, Kinship Books, to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B). The gift includes rights to more than 300 publications, including transcribed and indexed materials from more than 50 New York counties.
The NYG&B is New York’s largest— and oldest — genealogical organization, [Read more…] about Genealogy Publisher Kinship Books Donated to NYG&B
The true and tragic story of an American Navy pilot who survived battles of World War II only to meet his fate just after the war ended in a plane crash on Mount Beacon in Dutchess County, will be the topic of a talk on Saturday, January 19th, at 2 pm, at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
This event is open free to the public. [Read more…] about The Indestructible Man Book Talk Set
A new book by Mack Travis, Shaping A City: Ithaca, New York, A Developer’s Perspective (Cornell University Press, 2018) is a look at one developer’s involvement, from first buying and renovating small houses, gradually expanding his thinking and projects to include a recognition of the interdependence of the entire city of Ithaca — jobs, infrastructure, retail, housing, industry, taxation, banking and City Planning. It is the story of how he, along with other local developers transformed a quiet, economically challenged upstate New York town into one that is recognized nationally as among the best small cities in the country. [Read more…] about Shaping A City: New Book on Ithaca
Inns and taverns played prominent roles in early American life. They served the needs of travelers who needed food to eat and places to sleep. They offered local communities a form of poor relief. And they functioned as public spaces where men could gather to discuss news, organize movements, and to drink and play cards. [Read more…] about Taverns in Early America
Robert Hubbard is set to speak on his book Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, on January 24th at 6:30 pm at the The Fraunces Tavern Museum in the City of New York.
A colorful figure of 18th century America, Israel Putnam (1718-1790) was an important leader in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Hubbard’s lecture will include a discussion of Putnam’s role in the Battle of Brooklyn, the Landing at Kip’s Bay and the Battle of Harlem Heights. [Read more…] about Israel Putnam: Hero of the Revolution
Have you ever wondered where the Christmas traditions of stockings, presents, and cookies come from?
What about jolly, old Saint Nicholas? Who was he and why do we often call him Santa Claus?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Peter G. Rose, culinary historian of Dutch foodways in North America and author of Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats (SUNY Press, 2014) joins us to discuss the origins of Santa Claus and edible goodies such as cookies in the United States. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/218
Alice Morse Earle’s book Colonial Days in Old New York: Before, During and After the American Revolution has been republished in a softcover edition by HVA Press, in Warwick, NY.
Born in 1851, at the time Colonial Days in Old New York was first published in 1896, many scholars dismissed Alice Morse Earle’s work. She was criticized as a woman too focused on the details of everyday life, derided as “pots and pans history.” Today, she is better understood as an important source for modern social historians.
A new book by independent researcher and author Marjory Allen Perez, Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! tells the stories of Western New York’s African American Civil War soldiers and their families.
Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! focuses on soldiers from Western New York who joined black regiments between 1863 and 1865. Beginning with the men who traveled from New York in the spring of 1863 to enlist in the 54th Massachusetts, subjects of the movie Glory, the author documents the history of black regiments raised in the North, as well the soldiers who took part in the epic battle to save the Union and end slavery. [Read more…] about New Book Highlights African American Civil War Service