Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

Speaker: 
Joseph J. Ellis
Stacy Schiff (moderator)
Tue, June 11th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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Joseph J. Ellis and Stacy Schiff examine a crescendo moment in American history: the summer of 1776. The summer represented the most dramatic few months in the story of our country’s founding, when the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire while Britain dispatched the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic.

Le General Washington

Title
Le General Washington
Date 
1780
Medium 
Paper engraving
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803)

Title
Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803)
Date 
after 1832
Medium 
Watercolor on ivory
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
Object Number 
1956.123
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Jean-Baptiste Belley

Title
Jean-Baptiste Belley
Date 
1797
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Notes on the State of Virginia

Title
Notes on the State of Virginia
Date 
1785
Medium 
Book
Description 
Thomas Jefferson’s copy of Notes on the State of Virginia, his only book, inscribed to the Abbé Morellet, and used by the latter to make the first French translation.
Credit Line 
Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cross-section of a model of a slave ship

Title
Cross-section of a model of a slave ship
Date 
ca. 18th Century
Medium 
Wood
Description 
A wooden model of the slave ship Brookes, produced for the French revolutionary leader Mirabeau, intended to be used as a prop in the National Assembly’s debate on ending slavery in France.
Credit Line 
Bibliotheque de L'Arsenal, Paris, France/Archives Charmet/The Bridgeman Art Library
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Haitian Declaration of Independence

Title
Haitian Declaration of Independence
Date 
1804
Description 
The only known surviving copy of the first printing of the Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804, National Archives, London), recently discovered and exhibited here to the public for the first time.
Credit Line 
On loan from the National Archives, UK
Object Number 
CO 1371111
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Vue de l'incendie de la ville du Cap Français

Title
Vue de l'incendie de la ville du Cap Français
Date 
1795
Medium 
Engraving on paper
Credit Line 
Conseil général de la Martinique, Archives départementales
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Common Sense

Title
Common Sense
Date 
1776
Medium 
Paper pamphlet
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Thomas Clarkson's African Box

Title
Thomas Clarkson's African Box
Description 
Chest with various contents.
Credit Line 
Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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