When New-York Historical was founded in 1804, one of its earliest missions was to preserve artifacts and materials from the American Revolution. So it’s no surprise that our Public Programs series has explored many angles on the Revolutionary era through the years. Listen to just two of them below: the first, a vivid reimagining of the summer of 1776 and the second, a look at the American and Haitian Revolutions and the end of the transatlantic slave trade.
**Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
**Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Authors 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 13 colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire while Britain dispatched the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic.
**American and Haitian Revolutions and the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
**Thursday, November 17, 2011
The late 18th and early 19th centuries were a time of upheaval and revolution. In conjunction with New-York Historical’s 2011 exhibition, Revolution!, a panel of historians—David Brion Davis, Peter P. Hinks, Richard J. M. Blackett, and David W. Blight—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?
Top image: Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton by John Faed, 1899. Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art