Civil War

Three chapters of Rutherfurd's New York cover the Civil War from different perspectives. The 'Lincoln' chapter deals with Lincoln's famous address at what was then called the Cooper Institute (Cooper Union), that outlined the case for the Union in 1860. In 'The Draft', we learn of the city's brief threat to secede from the Union in 1861 - for New York's business was closely tied to the South - and witness the terrible Draft Riots of 1863. In 'Moonlight Sonata' we learn the reactions of the fictional Theodore Keller, a photographer, to what he saw as he covered the tragic conflict.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !