One of the highlights of our North Gallery in our 4th-floor Luce Center, which reopened last April, is the magnificent painting Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War, painted by Louis Lang (1812-1893) in 1862. The painting depicts the regiment marching off the ship and into the Battery in Lower Manhattan, welcomed by their family, friends, and throngs of excited men, women, and children grateful to see them return after their defeat at...Read More
Thanksgiving may have been celebrated by Pilgirms and Native Americans in New England with feasts of corn and eel (yes, eel), but it wasn't until 1863 that it became a truly American holiday. Sarah Joseph Hale was the first to suggest that Thanksgiving should be celebrated nationwide, and after a 20 year campaign President Abraham Lincoln granted her request. Below is the official proclamation establishing Thanksgiving day, right in the middle of the Civil War.
You have to think a little before you realize they want to talk peace and get ready to fight.
– Crystal Eastman Benedict, chair of Woman’s Peace Party, in “Women Ridicule Security League,” The New York Times, June 6, 1915
The outbreak of World War I in Europe launched competing movements for “preparedness” and peace in the United States. Before 1917, the radical women of Greenwich Village primarily advocated for the latter. They were committed to the...Read More
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