Category: Antebellum New York

Antebellum New York City Immigration Across Newspapers and the Ocean

Around one year ago I wanted to know how people immigrated to the United States through New York City before the Civil War and what the preexisting American population thought of those individuals. When I initially wanted to approach these topics in the Spring of 2016, it was due to a political climate which concerned itself greatly with not only…

Food and drink in the cross-sections of New York public life

1854-1857   Early 19th-century New York City was the epicenter of the boom of modern commercial society. One of its core features was the geographical division between home and work, which in turn helped spur a nascent food industry, composed of distinct segments, to provide for these modern commuters. Mass politics in the city was also born in this era…

Alec Sorensen – Saloons in Late Antebellum New York

Data is taken from 1857 and 1860. In this antebellum period, New York City was evolving into the metropolitan center that we know today, a multiethnic, multicultural hub bursting to the seams with people living their lives in this densely packed space.  Perhaps the best way to view these chrysalis years is at the most mundane level.  Urban spaces are…

The Effect of Slips Physically and Culturally in Lower Manhattan

Date: Focused on 1813, based on Longworth Almanac census data Thesis Paragraph: Antebellum New York saw a great change with the introduction of the industrial revolution. The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street was part of the expansion of banking as a result of the industrial revolution and came to be the largest stock exchange in America. The steamboat, one of…

The Evolution of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital in Antebellum New York City: A Series of Firsts

Dates: 1800-1860 Description: In the early nineteenth century, New York City was an overcrowded and dirty place. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, combined with political strife and famine across Europe, New York became a place of promise for immigrants. Waves of immigrants, approximately 3000 a year between 1789 and 1794 alone, had a major impact on the health…