In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Victoria Johnson, an Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College in New York City and author of American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic (Liveright, 2018), leads us on an investigation of the life of Dr. David Hosack and the many organizations he founded, including the Elgin Botanical Garden.
Recent Books About New York State
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Since graduating from Yale Jack Casey has followed his love of American history to write historical novels with strong political themes.
In his new novel Hamilton’s Choice (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020), author he offers a new answer to the 215-year-old question about why Alexander Hamilton met Aaron Burr in his fatal duel. [Read more…] about New Historical Novel: Hamilton’s Choice by Jack Casey
The New York State Writers Institute and WAMC are joining forces to aid Capital Region’s indie bookstores with a new initiative they’re calling #IndieBookstoreBoost.
Writers Institute director Paul Grondahl and WAMC “Book Show” host Joe Donahue are conducting virtual interviews with notable authors on their newly published books as part of the effort to encourage book sales at independent bookstores. [Read more…] about NYS Writers Institute, WAMC Launch #IndieBookstoreBoost
Bill Greer’s new book A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in Gilded Age New York (Chicago Review Press, 2020) looks back to a time of rigged elections, everyday shootings, and attacks on the press, to sexual impropriety, reproductive rights, and the chasm between rich and poor.
As 1872 opened, the New York Times headlined four stories that seemed symptomatic of the decay in public morals that the editors so frequently decried: financier Jim Fisk was gunned down in a love triangle; suffragist and free-love advocate Victoria Woodhull was running for US President; anti-vice activist Anthony Comstock battled smut dealers; and abortionists were thriving. [Read more…] about Sex, Suffrage, Scandal in Gilded Age New York
Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution, but information about them can be hard to come by. HVA Press has recently discovered and republished Catherine Schuyler: A Woman of the Revolution by Mary Gay Humphreys, which was first published in 1897. [Read more…] about Catherine Schuyler: Not All Rev War Heroes Were Men
Legendre was descended from the Amsterdam, New York, Sanfords who made a fortune in the carpet industry. [Read more…] about Gertrude Sanford Legendre: Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy
Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical “Florodora,” dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York in 1901. Nesbit was just sixteen years old and had recently moved to the city. White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White.
As a foremost architect of his day, he had a measure of celebrity, and the responsibility for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. That evening, after drinking champagne, Stanford White raped her Evelyn Nesbit. [Read more…] about New Book Explores A Notable NYC Murder Trail
In this episode of Second Look, Chris Brock takes the lead in this interview with Cheri L. Farnsworth, author of a multitude of books about Northern New York history, about her newest book Historic North Country Disasters.
In it, she compiles both the man-made and natural disasters that shocked the North Country in the hundred years between 1850 and 1950. [Read more…] about Historic North Country Disasters (Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore’s guest is journalist Buddy Levy is author of Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition. The book details the harrowing story of A.W. Greely’s expedition in the 1880s. [Read more…] about 1880s Greely Polar Expedition (Podcast)
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression.
Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WWII. [Read more…] about Adirondack CCC Camps History Talk Set for Oneonta