From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam

Speaker: 
Russell Shorto
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 18:30
Mon, October 28th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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Almost 350 years after the short-lived Dutch rule came to an end on Manhattan, traces of “New Amsterdam” can still be found in everything from street names to the design of the official flag of New York City. Using the history of Amsterdam as a backdrop, critically acclaimed author Russell Shorto explains why we also have the Dutch to thank for some of New York’s most celebrated and enduring characteristics, including its cultural and religious diversity.

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Peter Stuyvesant

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Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), Peter Stuyvesant and the Trumpeter, 1835. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.28
 

"Peg-legged" Peter Stuyvesant was the last director general of New Netherland. Born in the Netherlands to a minister, he joined the West India Company when he was a young man, and became the director of the Dutch West India Company’s colony in Curaçao in 1642. That’s where he lost his leg, in an attack on the Spanish-held island of Saint Martin.

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The Indian Hunter

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Date: 
1860
Medium: 
Bronze
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. George A. Zabriskie
Object Number: 
1939.390
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The Last of the Race

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Date: 
1847
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Edwin W. Orvis
Object Number: 
1931.1
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Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View

Speaker: 
Stephen Breyer
Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:30
Tue, May 31st, 2011 | 7:30 pm

How does the Constitution, an 18th-century document, relate to and dictate the laws of a 21st-century society? Through the analysis of past cases, including those concerning slavery, the Cherokee Indians, and detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s arduous—and often turbulent—journey to establish its legitimacy as guardian of the Constitution. Having earned the public’s confidence, he expounds how the Court can continue promoting a workable democracy going forward.
 

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