By Charles Margerison
As you stroll round ny urban, you're touring within the footsteps of wonderful humans together with George Washington, Mark Twain, Sojourner fact, Irving Berlin, John D. Rockefeller, and Susan B. Anthony. of their other ways, they made significant contributions to ny, making the town what it's today.A urban journey not like the other, outstanding humans of recent York takes you on a desirable trip throughout the heritage of 1 of the world's so much visited towns. you are going to meet those that contributed to the tune, the enterprise, the struggle for civil rights, the shipping and different very important elements of the city's existence. Come head to head with iconic figures linked to what John Fitzgerald referred to as "The new york" via BioViews®. A BioView® is a brief biographical tale, just like an interview. those detailed tales offer a good way of studying approximately extraordinary those who made significant contributions and altered our global.
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Domestic Manners of Americans 1832 Walt Whitman “Silence? What can New York - noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, story, turbulent New York-have to do with silence? ” Letter, 1898 Helen Keller “Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. ” Midstream: My Later Life 1929 © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 27 Amazing People of New York George Clinton 1795 I had seen our ‘Tree of Liberty’ cut down by British soldiers It was an insult of the highest order As members of the Sons of Liberty, we made an angry protest Nearly 3000 citizens met in City Hall Park We put up a ‘Pole of Liberty’ Elsewhere, stronger action had been taken It was an important event in our revolution It rallied people to the cause New Yorkers wanted action and action they took On July 9th 1776, the Province of New York ceased to exist With it went the British Governor, the taxes, the laws and Courts We had a new organization to represent us The Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York On July 11th 1776, the Constitution of New York was established The following year, it became our law-making framework We back-dated the birth of New York State to April 20th 1775 The battle that followed meant that we had to vacate the city However, we continued on, across the East River I would rather ‘roast in hell than be dependent on Great Britain’ In 1778, I was elected the first Governor of New York Pleased to say I was no relation to the last British Governor He had departed in 1753 Rallying the troops and the people, I was re-elected five times As Governor from 1778 to 1795, it was a tough job There were many battles fought against the British army Good men were killed on both sides Our march towards freedom continued On February 3rd 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed The American War of Independence had been won New York City was declared the nation’s capital in 1785 Interestingly, that was decided before New York joined the Union In 1788, we were the 11th State to do so Increasingly, our city was a focus for power politics It replaced London as our center of power © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 28 Amazing People of New York In 1789, George Washington came to the Federal Hall on Wall Street He emerged as the first President of our new country 13 years after reading the Declaration of Independence to his troops He will now lead our nation.
How would New York develop? Would our new Stock Market create better conditions? © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 31 Amazing People of New York Alexander Hamilton 1801 Winning the battle for independence was only the beginning Working with George Washington, I led many of our triumphant troops Once the battles were won, we needed to win the peace Therefore, I went to another field of battle Politics is the art of influence and persuasion As the Secretary of the Treasury there were many who tried to seduce me Tough decisions had to be made as resources were scarce But my heart lay elsewhere, in the practice of law A profession that stood between anarchy and destruction Trying to protect the rights of people and property Therefore, I gained entry to the New York Bar in 1783 My attention shifted to building new institutions The coast guard needed strengthening The Revenue Cutter Service was established to collect taxes and duties In 1784, I started the Bank of New York Also work on the National Mint, the first national bank, was commenced An essential organization to finance trade and create employment As well, I served the New York County and State Legislatures Leading me to be at the heart of the founding of our country We needed freedom to disagree The right of free speech was central to our cause Therefore, I championed and funded a newspaper It became known as the New York Evening Post in 1801 The city was growing at a rapid pace There was a need to capture events and inform It was also a way of influencing political debate To that end, I supported the right wing A voice for justice, education and choice Yet, my own voice was questioned A duel with Vice President Burr led to a mortal gunshot wound Emotion had overcome reason Yet, it was reason that I trusted would prevail New York and our country would need it in abundance.
How could we claim to be democratic with a slave system? Indeed, the freed slaves did not have a vote © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 46 Amazing People of New York Neither did women of any color The Equal Rights Association was set up in 1866 Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony led the way In 1869, The National Women’s Suffrage Association was formed However, women did not gain the right to vote That was controlled by white men Under pressures, they gave all men the right to vote in 1870 Discrimination that defied logic and the Constitution White politicians gave black men the right to vote ahead of white women So much for people being born equal Also, the end of the Civil War was not the end of organized conflict New York politics was influenced more by gangs Particularly the Italian and the Irish ones They fought over territory to control alcohol, gambling and prostitution Indeed, politics was too often ruled by the gun Despite the end of the Civil War, more guns were bought in our city People claimed the right to bear arms I predicted that it would lead to more deaths.
Amazing People of New York: Inspirational Stories by Charles Margerison