Wall Street is more than just the crossroads of money and power. It is also the location of a long and interesting history of revolutionary decisions, political events, and financial growth. Historian Martha Lamb looks at Wall Street "in all its primitive, picturesque, political, social, and monetary aspects." She begins with the development of the site by Manhattan settlers, a site she describes as a "tangle of underbrush, wild grape-vine and tree, animated with untrained bears of a shining pitch-black color, hungry wolves, noisy wild-cats, and sly raccoons." A primitive fence was built along what is now Wall Street, and the place has become "one of the most widely known and remarkable localities in the civilized world." Lamb also examines personalities such as John Jay and political events such as the American Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution. MARTHA J. LAMB was a historian who was also active in charitable organizations. Best known for the two-volume History of the City of New York, published in 1877-81, she also published children's books, novels, short stories, and magazine articles. She was the editor of the Magazine of American History as well. In Chicago, where she lived for eight years, she founded the Home for Friendless and Half-Orphan Asylum, and was secretary of the first Sanitary Fair in 1863.
George III and his Lords denounced New York as "rebellious..,." The freedom of the New York press, the action of the New York Assembly... provoked universal apprehension. -from Chapter XXIX: Foreshadowing of the Revolution From the social and civic instability of pre-Revolutionary Manhattan to the first presidential inauguration of George Washington in New York-the new nation's new capital-in 1787, this second volume of an extraordinary three-volume history of New York remains an informative and entertaining resource today. Volume 2 rings with dramatic stories of a city in upheaval during a time of war, a city-biography fraught with tales of epidemic and quarantine, riots and battles, political intrigue and sedition. Numerous captivating illustrations depict: .historic Fraunces Tavern .the Great Tea Meeting of 1773 .reading of the Declaration of Independence at City Hall .adoption of the Federal Constitution .Washington taking the oath .and dozens more. Originally published from 1877 to 1881, this is a delight to browse-for history buffs and lovers of the grand metropolis alike. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Martha J. Lamb's Wall Street in History. American historian MARTHA J. LAMB (d. circa 1892) was a prolific author, publishing children's books, novels, short stories, and magazine articles, as well as serving as editor of the Magazine of American History. Active in charitable organizations, she founded Chicago's Home for Friendless and Half-Orphan Asylum, and was secretary of the city's first Sanitary Fair in 1863. MRS. BURTON HARRISON, ne Constance Cary (1843-1920), was the wife of Burton Novell Harrison, personal secretary to Jefferson Davis. Recollections Grave and Gay(1911), her autobiography, relates her childhood in pre-Civil War Virginia and her experience as a young adult there during the war