This week on The Historians Podcast, Caryl Hopson and Susan Perkins discuss a book they have edited, Murder and Mayhem in Herkimer County. One chapter describes the death of Grace Brown, which inspired Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy. [Read more…] about Murder and Mayhem in Herkimer County
Recent Books Related to New York History
Authors and publishers of new books related to New York’s history can have their books noticed on the The New York History Blog by following the submission guidelines HERE.
Questions about the authenticity and authorship of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave have been raised in the past, and have resurfaced following the release of the recent film version of his book.
Though an expert on Solomon Northup, his book, the contemporary reactions to his book in the 1850s, and his later life (which included several years spent traveling to talk about his experiences), I am not a scholar of slave narratives. I have consulted some of them in connection with my work on Northup, as necessary. I leave it for others to draw detailed comparisons between Northup’s narrative and the others. [Read more…] about Authenticity and Authorship: Twelve Years a Slave
When Halley’s comet, that star with the quetzal’s tail, flared across Mexican skies in 1910, it heralded not only the centennial of Independence, but a deeply transformative episode, the Revolution launched by Francisco I. Madero on November 20, what Javier Garciadiego calls “the true beginning of a process, the birth of the modern Mexican state.” The great chorus of Mexican historians agree. And yet, almost unknown and curious as it may sound, a vital taproot of this revolution lies in the Burned-Over District of New York State. [Read more…] about The Burned-Over District and Mexican Revolution
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Thomas Wickman, an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and author of Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural Winter in the Early American Northeast (Cambridge University Press, 2018), joins us to investigate how Native Americans and early Americans experienced and felt about winter during the 17th and early 18th centuries.
Sue Gardner’s new book Pure Necessity: Revolution at Warwick: The life and times of General John Hathorn, his militia, and the community of Warwick, New York in the late 18th Century (2019) is the story of the Revolutionary War as experienced by the citizens of the Town of Warwick in the mid-Hudson Valley, New York.
Using diaries, pension testimony, newspaper accounts, and other primary source material, the unfolding drama of a small community caught up in the fight for survival and freedom during long years of hardship and conflict is revealed. [Read more…] about Revolution at Warwick Links Readers to Sources
Over the course of the twentieth century, education was a key site for envisioning opportunities for African Americans, but the very schools they attended sometimes acted as obstacles.
The new book Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community (Columbia University Press, 2019), edited by Ansley T. Erickson and Ernest Morrell, brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to provide a broad consideration of the history of schooling in one of the nation’s most iconic black communities. [Read more…] about Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance
Carol Crossed’s new book Vintage Tweets: Suffrage Era Postcards is a 216-page coffee table book, self published in 2019, which contains 400 high quality images of 100+ year old postcards from the author’s own private collection.
This book was released in conjunction with the opening of the National Woman Suffrage Centennial at a book signing in Seneca Falls. The Centennial marked the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, granting women the right to vote. [Read more…] about Vintage Tweets: A Book of Suffrage Era Postcards
This week on The Historians podcast, Diana Waite discusses her book The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History. Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State. [Read more…] about Downtown Troy’s Historic Architecture (Historians Podcast)
Katherine Truesdell Schumacher’s new book Letters from a Doughboy: the Wartime Experiences of Robert Doan Truesdell in World War I (RIT Press, 2019) documents Corporal Robert Doan Truesdell’s letters to home, personalizing the harsh realities of a war that ended a century ago.
The letters capture the perspective of an American soldier who witnesses the killing fields of Belgium and France, and the great cities of Paris and London. [Read more…] about First World War Letters from a New York Doughboy
The Oneida County History Center is set to return to the Sangertown Square Mall in Utica for its 10th year this coming holiday season to operate its satellite bookstore. The store will be located in Center Court by Mr. Smoothie & Zales, and provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule. It also offers a great selection of local history titles and merchandise. [Read more…] about History Center Bookstore Returning to Utica Mall