by Timothy Wroten
On March 22, 1765, British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a direct tax imposed specifically on printed materials sold in the American colonies. News of the Stamp Act’s passage in 1765 ignited a firestorm from New Hampshire to Georgia (though apparently not in Britain’s Caribbean or Canadian domains).
No one in any time or place has warmly welcomed more taxes, but taxation is generally acknowledged as a necessary means for living within a governed...Read More
Patron saint of the environmentalist movement and celebrated ornithologist, John James Audubon was the first to sound the alarm. He recognized in the early 1800s that many avian species and their habitats were threated. Almost 200 years later, many of the feathered subjects are endangered or extinct. To see 42 of his original breathtaking watercolors from The Birds of America, come check out Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight, opening today at the New-York Historical Society!
Toy drives are a beloved feature of the holiday season, and have been for over a century. In New York City, women have long been at the center of efforts to care for poor and orphaned children. In 1806, Elizabeth Hamilton (yes, that Eliza) was one of the founders of the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York. At the time, there were no options for desperate children besides brutal workhouses. Nearly a century...Read More
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