The American Constitution is our nation's most important document and the battle to ratify it was a crucial turning point in American history. Three experts recall a nearly 225-year-old debate that raged in homes, taverns, and convention halls across the new nation and discuss the key players who fought for and against ratification.
For generations, Civil War military history has focused heavily on the land war, the big battles and on the heroes of the Union and Confederate armies. But the neglected story of the war’s landmark naval engagements, and its great naval heroes, ranks among the most compelling and dramatic in American history. Through both technology and old-fashioned gallantry, on oceans and rivers alike, at places like Hampton Roads, New Orleans, Mobile Bay and even Cherbourg, France, commanders like Farragut, Porter and Semmes changed the course of the war.
What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property, democracy, medicine, consumerism and work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Mr. Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st New York Regiment and Infanterie Regiment von Donop
Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:00
Fri, November 25th, 2011 | 10:00 am
History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century? On November 25th, meet key players of the American Revolution, including George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette. Members of the 1st New York Regiment will fill the halls with period music throughout the day. Living History Days are produced in conjunction with the exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.
Celebrate the New-York Historical Society's Grand Reopening with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, the 3rd New York Regiment of Long Island and Captain Mott's Artillery Company.
Sat, 11/12/2011 - 10:00
Sat, November 12th, 2011 | 10:00 am
History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century?
Documenting the greatest triumphs of the nation and some of its darkest days, the manuscript collections contain rich sources on military history stretching from the French and Indian War through World War II. Collections are wide ranging and include the letters and pocket diaries of common soldiers, the official and private papers of commanding officers, and official documentation such as orderly books, muster rolls and regimental records. Within this vast subject are the papers of men such as Horatio Gates, Alexander McDougall, Richard Varick, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Franz Sigel, David E. Cronin, G. Creighton Webb and James Harbord. Among the groups and organizations represented are the 7th Regiment, the United States Military Philosophical Society, the Union Defense Committee of the City of New York and the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War. Of particular note is also the Naval History Society Collection which captures the history of the American Navy from the American Revolution through the Civil War and contains a collection of John Barry manuscripts as well as the papers of Gustavus V. Fox, John Ericsson, Henry A. Wise and many other significant naval figures.