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A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War

A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War
Dawkins, Henry. The Paxton expedition: Inscribed to the author of the farce (Philadelphia, 1764).
Fri, April 21, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St.

In December 1763, following years of gruesome frontier warfare, armed settlers in the Paxton Township exacted revenge on an isolated, unarmed Indian settlement, attacked the Lancaster jailhouse where refugees had taken shelter, and vowed to march all the way to Philadelphia. While these "Paxton Boys" were stopped in Germantown by a delegation led by Benjamin Franklin, their critics and apologists spent the next year battling tooth and nail in print. 

Co-sponsored with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this event will introduce the Digital Paxton Project (digitalpaxton.org), a digital archive and critical edition of the pamphlet war created by Library Company Fellow Will Fenton, Doctoral Candidate at Fordham University. Alongside Fenton's presentation of the Digital Paxton Project, Scott Paul Gordon, Professor of English at Lehigh University will share his latest Paxton research, "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Paxton Crisis and Moravian Archives." Reception to follow

Come see the pop-up exhibition: 
A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War

Wednesday, April 5 - Friday, May 5

The exhibition will showcase more than two-dozen exemplary manuscripts, broadsides, pamphlets, and political cartoons from the Library Company, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, American Philosophical Society, and Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections. Access the digital companion today (digitalpaxton.org/exhibition).
 
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Lecture & Book Signing: Thundersticks by David J. Silverman

David J. Silverman , Professor of History, George Washington University will discuss his new book:

Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America , Harvard University Press, 2016

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street 

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm:  Reception 

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm:  Lecture & Discussion 

6:45 pm:  Book Signing 

The adoption of firearms by American Indians between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America's indigenous peoples-a cultural earthquake so profound that its impact has yet to be adequately measured. Thundersticks reframes our understanding of Indians' historical relationship with guns, arguing against the notion that they prized these weapons more for the pyrotechnic terror they inspired than for their efficiency as tools of war. Native peoples fully recognized the potential of firearms to assist them in their struggles against colonial forces, and mostly against one another. "A good measure of a work of history is whether it changes the way we understand its subject. By that measure, David J. Silverman succeeds admirably in Thundersticks. " -- Thomas E. Ricks, The New York Times Book Review "Silverman's compelling rediscovery of the 'gun frontier,' imaginatively conceived and deeply researched, is must reading."  -- Daniel K. Richter Research for Thundersticks was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Library Company, and by a Library Fellowship and a grant from the Phillips Fund for Native American Research at the American Philosophical Society.     This event is co-sponsored by the American Philosophical Society's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

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Sight Expansion: The German Influence on American Photography

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Lunchtime Lecture

Program Includes Lunch

 

Friday, Febuary 26

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

 

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W. & F. Langenheim, On the Wissahickon, Near Philadelphia (Philadelphia, ca. 1860). Albumen print stereograph.

 

Co-sponsored by the German Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia presents Harvard Professor John Stauffer as he examines the profound influence of German photographers on the making and meaning of American photography during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A small exhibit of historic photographs by German-American photographers from the Library Company's collection including work by German Society of Pennsylvania members Frederick Gutekunst and the Langenheim brothers will be on display.

 

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1314 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Library Company of Philadelphia, German Society of Pennsylvania members, and students: $10.00

 

General public: $15.00

 

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