The new book The Majestic Nature of the North: Thomas Kelah Wharton’s Journeys in Antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England (SUNY Press, 2019), edited by Steven A. Walton and Michael J. Armstrong, is the illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back. [Read more…] about An 1830s Hudson River Valley Travel Diary
Laurence M. Hauptman’s new book Coming Full Circle: The Seneca Nation of Indians 1848-1934, (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) traces Seneca history through the New Deal, beginning with events leading to the Seneca Revolution in 1848.
Based on the author’s nearly fifty years of archival research, interviews, and applied work, Coming Full Circle shows that Seneca leaders in these years learned valuable lessons and adapted to change, thereby preparing the nation to meet the challenges it would face in the post–World War II era, including major land loss and threats of termination. [Read more…] about Coming Full Circle: The Seneca Nation of Indians 1848-1934
Evan Friss’s new book Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) traces the colorful and fraught history of cycling in New York City.
Subways and yellow taxis may be the icons of New York transportation, but it is the bicycle that has the longest claim to New York’s streets: two hundred years and counting. Never without controversy: 1819 was the year of the city’s first bicycle and its first bicycle ban. Debates around the bicycle’s place in city life have been so persistent not just because of its many uses ― recreation, sport, transportation, business ― but because of changing conceptions of who cyclists are. [Read more…] about A 200 Year History of Cycling in NYC
But what precisely is the work that mothers do to raise children? Has the nature of mothers, motherhood, and the work mothers do changed over time?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Nora Doyle, an Assistant Professor of History at Salem College in North Carolina, has combed through the historical record to find answers to these questions. Specifically, she’s sought to better understand the lived and imagined experiences of mothers and motherhood between the 1750s and 1850s. [Read more…] about Motherhood in Early America
Cynthia S. Brenwall’s new book The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Abrams, 2019), with a forward by architecture critic Martin Filler, is a virtual time machine, drawn from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives, that takes a journey through Central Park as it was originally envisioned.
George R. Dekle Sr.’s new book Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts (Kent State University Press, 2019) takes a look at the Harris case of the 19th century, an important milestone in American legal history. [Read more…] about Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts
Eighteenth-century Britons asked themselves these questions. As we might suspect, their answers varied by time and whether they lived in Great Britain, North America, or the Caribbean. [Read more…] about Mixed-Race Britons & the Atlantic Family
Zachary J. Violette’s new book The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) reexamines urban America’s tenement buildings born of the housing reform movement embraced by the American-born elite in the late nineteenth century, centering on the immigrant neighborhoods of New York and Boston.
Violette focuses on what he calls the “decorated tenement,” a wave of new buildings constructed by immigrant builders and architects who remade the slum landscapes of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the North and West Ends of Boston in the late nineteenth century. [Read more…] about New Book on Immigrant Builders and Architects in New York
This week on The Historians Podcast, Victoria Riskin, a psychologist and movie/TV producer, is author of a book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir. Fay Wray was in the original King Kong and over 100 other movies. Robert Riskin was a highly-regarded screenwriter. [Read more…] about Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir
Jenny Hale Pulsipher, author of Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England (Yale University Press, 2018) and Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, is a scholar who enjoys investigating the many answers to this question. In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, she introduces us to a Nipmuc Indian named John Wompas and how he experienced a critical time in early American history, the period between the 1650s and 1680s. [Read more…] about A 17th-Century Native American Life