Never before have we cared so much about food. With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey that begins in eighteenth-century France — the birthplace of our modern tastes and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant — telling the story of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who fled to New York during the French Revolution. Mr. Gopnik surveys the history of the table and seeks to understand why so many apparently live to eat.
More than almost any other nation in the world, the United States began as an idea. For this reason, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history. Professor Wood, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the Revolution remains so essential.
The late 18th and early 19th centuries were a time of upheaval and revolution. In conjunction with the new exhibition, Revolution!, historians examine the tumultuous 30-year period which saw the American and Haitian Revolutions and the end of the transatlantic slave trade to the U.S. and the British colonies. How were these events related and what forces combined to effect so much social change in such a short span?
There is no more iconic figure in American history than George Washington, our first president and most famous Founding Father. Come celebrate the grand reopening of the New-York Historical Society and its newly renovated theater at this in-depth discussion of Washington’s life with some of the nation’s most distinguished historians of the founding era.