The Curious Affair of the Horsewhipped Senator: A Diplomatic Crisis That Didn’t Happen
To Remember or to Forget: The Story of Philanthropists Catherine Williams Ferguson and Isabella Marshall Graham’s Unlikely Interracial Collaboration
The Influences of the Underworld: Nineteenth-Century Brothel Guides, Calling Cards, and City Directories
Incarcerating Children in the Age of Emancipation
Copernicus at the Newsstand
Buying and Selling Staten Island
New-York Knicks Reconsidered
Power, Space, and Race: Evangelical Gotham
On the margins of the margin
Between Demo and Aristo: Civil Society and the “Revolutionary Settlement” in New York’s Columbia County
“But, That’s Just Not True!”
Slaughterhouse Rules: The Deregulation of Food Markets in Antebellum New York
Hamilton, Burr, Livingston, Clinton, Van Buren: Building Banks, Canals, and a Political System in New York State
Acquiring a Taste for Defiance
Corporations, what are they good for?
Interracial Roads to American Freedom
Hijinks on the Hudson?
The City in Frames: Otis Bullard’s Moving Panorama of New York
Anthony’s Broadway on a Rainy Day
Bread and Butter Activism
Gangs, the Five Points, and the American Public
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
Black Shakespeareans in Old New York
The Common Dust of Potter’s Field
The Iroquois on the Web
Of Spoons and Empires
The Gang’s Not All Here
The Visible Public
Harry Potter, My Daughter, Elihu Smith, and Me
The Past Impaneled
Donna Merwick’s New World
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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