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This letter was written by a group of freedmen to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Land (known as the Freedmen’s Bureau). The freedmen were from Edisto Island, South Carolina, an area that came under Union [...]
This 1899 map of lower Manhattan includes the intersection of Worth, Baxter, and Park Streets, known as Five Points. Block 160 is marked and shaded.
In 1854 the names of the original streets, Cross, Anthony, Orange, and Little Water, which had formed the Five Points intersection (marked with a star) from which the neighborhood derived its name were changed to Park, Worth, Baxter and Mission [...]
The English-born Benjamin Henry Latrobe was the first professional architect to work in America. Hired as Surveyor of Public Buildings in 1803, Latrobe was soon summoned to oversee the construction of the Capitol, a project which would preoccupy him [...]
Women participated actively in a variety of ways during the War for Independence; some even traveled with the Patriot army. Sarah Osborn was a servant in a blacksmith's household when she met and married Aaron Osborn, a Revolutionary war veteran, in [...]
In this letter Angelina Grimke, abolitionist and women's rights advocate, argues for the right of propertied women to participate in government through petitions despite their lack of enfranchisement. This letter was a part of a series of essays [...]
This short essay explains how historians came to focus not just on what slavery did to slaves, but what slaves did for themselves within the limits set by this brutal institution.
This essay introduces Manhattan's Five Points neighborhood and the people who lived there.
While earning his medical degree, Argentine-born Che Guevara (1928-1967) traveled throughout Latin America and saw firsthand the impoverished conditions of the majority of its people. Believing that a Marxist revolution was the only solution to the [...]