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The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

Speaker: 
James Oakes
Edna Greene Medford
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:30
Thu, June 5th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harold Holzer is no longer able to participate in this program.

 

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Many pre-Civil War antislavery proponents advocated for peaceful abolition: if slave states were surrounded by free states, mass numbers of slaves would be compelled to escape, the Southern economy would be undermined, and voluntary state abolition would be imminent.

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Underground Railroad

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 11:30
Sun, September 15th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

Unspoken by Henry Cole

When a young girl finds an escaped slave in her family’s barn, she must make a difficult choice. Examine this wordless story closely in order to discover what she decides.

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

 

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Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

Speaker: 
Brenda Wineapple
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 19:00
Wed, August 7th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

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In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

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Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man

Speaker: 
Walter Stahr
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:30
Tue, March 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century: progressive governor of New York, outspoken federal senator, secretary of state during the Civil War and its aftermath, and a target of the assassins who killed Lincoln. Join us for an illuminating conversation about a complex and pivotal figure, Lincoln’s closest friend and adviser, and an early architect of America’s empire.

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The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

January 18, 2013
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May 05, 2013

Since the 1970s Camilo Vergara has been traveling across the United States photographing and thus documenting hand-painted murals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they appeared on the walls of establishments such as car repair shops, barbershops, and fast food restaurants in city streets and alley ways. The folk art portraits have expressed how the inner-city residents saw the slain civil rights leader—at times a statesman, a hero, a visionary, or a martyr. Vergara also discovered that these images were often based on iconic photographs of Dr. King but that, depending upon the neighborhood where they were created, the portraits could take on the likeness of Latinos, Native Americans, or Asians.

Camilo José Vergara , Untitled, 2009, Frederick Douglass at West 154 th Street, Harlem, New York.  Digital c-print. Collection of the artist.

Vergara remarked about his work that “most murals and street portraits of Dr. King are ephemeral. Paint fades, businesses change hands and neighborhood demographics shift. Gradually, images reflecting the culture and values of poor communities are lost….Often, my photographs are the only lasting record of these public works of art.” This exhibition offers the opportunity to study the manner in which Martin Luther King, Jr. has reached into the hearts of artists from New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Detroit, and how the artists’s images have depicted the soul of the great civil rights leader in a manner that reaches out to communities nation-wide.

Camilo Vergara will donate all of the works in The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara to the New-York Historical Society after the close of the exhibition. For more information on Camilo Vergara, visit his website.

The Thirteenth Amendment

February 01, 2012
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April 30, 2012

In honor of Black History Month and Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the New-York Historical Society is proud to display a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment—signed by Lincoln himself—in our Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.  The document, which was recently acquired by David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group, is on loan to the New-York Historical Society through April 1.

Abraham Lincoln. Manuscript Document Signed (“Abraham Lincoln”) as President, with his Autograph Endorsement (“Approved. February 1, 1865.”) Washington, DC, ca. February 1, 1865. Co-signed by Hannibal Hamlin as Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate, Schuyler Colfax as Speaker of the House, and John W. Forney as Secretary of the Senate. 1 p., 15 1/16 x 20 in., on lined vellum with ruled borders.

One of about thirteen manuscripts Lincoln signed in addition to the original, this copy belonged to Schuyler Colfax, House Speaker in 1863 and later Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant. According to Seth Kaller, president of Seth Kaller, Inc., who acquired the document for Mr. Rubenstein in a private transaction, and arranged its loan to New-York Historical, “this is the one that is directly traceable to a leader instrumental in the amendment’s passage. It has not been displayed in New York for more than forty years."

The Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1, 1863, was a major step towards the abolition of slavery, helping to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence and renew the nation’s founding philosophy of human liberty. Yet as the Civil War raged on, Lincoln realized that the issue of slavery could only be settled permanently by changing the Constitution itself. By the end of 1864, the Senate had approved the abolition amendment, although it was still two votes short of the two-thirds necessary for passage in the House of Representatives. At Lincoln’s urging, the amendment was re-introduced. “The abolition of slavery by Constitutional provisions settles the fate,” Lincoln implored Republican congressmen, “not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come—a measure of such importance that those two votes must be procured.” When it finally passed on January 1, 1865, and Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax announced the results, a moment of silence was followed by an uncontrollable eruption of joy and triumph sounding like "reverberating thunder." As President James Buchanan before him had signed a proposed amendment to protect slavery, Lincoln took the extra measure on February 1, 1865 to sign the official joint resolution to abolish it.

Negro Life at the South

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Title:
Negro Life at the South
Date: 
1859
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection
Object Number: 
S-225
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

American and Haitian Revolutions and the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Speaker: 
David Brion Davis
Peter P. Hinks
Richard J. M. Blackett
David W. Blight (moderator)
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 18:30
Thu, November 17th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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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?

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American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

Speaker: 
David W. Blight
Drew Gilpin Faust (moderator)
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:30
Thu, November 3rd, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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This program transports us to the 1963 centennial celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to explore how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. David W. Blight and Drew Gilpin Faust discuss how four of America’s most incisive writers—including Robert Penn Warren, a white southerner who recanted his support for segregation, and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality.

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Examination Days: The New York African Free School Collection

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011

In 1787, at a time when slavery was crucial to the prosperity and expansion of New York, the New York African Free School was created by the New York Manumission Society, a group dedicated to advocating for African-Americans. The school's explicit mission was to educate black children to take their place as equals to white American citizens.

It began as a single-room schoolhouse with about 40 students, the majority of whom were the children of slaves, and by the time it was absorbed into the New York City public school system in 1835, it had educated thousands of children, a number of whom went on to become well known in the United States and Europe. The New-York Historical Society’s New York African Free School Collection preserves a rich selection of student work and community commentary about the school. This site showcases pages from Volume IV of the collection, Penmanship and Drawing Studies, 1816–1826, and tells the story of the school and of African American New York in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visit the exhibition here.

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