Calling all young historians!
Swing by the New-York Historical Society this Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm for this month’s Reading into History book club! We’ll be discussing Laurie Halse Anderson’s thrilling novel Chains. The novel is the first in a trilogy, and the story follows Isabel, an enslaved girl fighting to gain her freedom and to find her sister, living in New York City during the American Revolution.
Dunmore’s Proclamation, November 7, 1775
See one-of-a-kind, 18th-century documents from our collection. Book club members will have the special opportunity to see primary sources such as Dunmore’s Proclamation from 1775, a document which promised freedom for enslaved people during the Revolutionary War if they joined the Loyalist cause.
Learn more on the role of black soldiers during the War for Independence here. Check out the Women & the American Story (WAMS) Curriculum to discover the story of one woman, Deborah Squash, who was enslaved by George Washington and gained her freedom by fighting with the British Army. Still itching for more American Revolution history this holiday season? Take your family on a Tour for Independence around New York City!
Written by, Ava Prince