Category: Historical

The Story of Archer Alexander: From Slavery to Freedom

Archer Alexander (1828-c1880) was a former black slave who served as the model for the slave in the statue, variously known as Freedom Memorial and the Emancipation Memorial located in Lincoln Park. He was also the subject of a moving biography, The Story of Archer Alexander: From Slavery to Freedom (1885), written by William Greenleaf […]

Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud

The present work contains particulars of the great Napoleon not to be found in any other publication, and forms an interesting addition to the information generally known about him. The writer of the Letters (whose name is said to have been Stewarton, and who had been a friend of the Empress Josephine in her happier, […]

Memoirs (Vieux Souvenirs) of the Prince De Joinville

François-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d’Orléans, Prince de Joinville (1818-1900) was the third son of Louis Philippe, duc d’Orléans, afterwards King of the French and his wife Marie Amalie of Bourbon-Sicilies. He was notable as an admiral of the French Navy. He was promoted to captain, and in 1840 was entrusted with the charge of bringing the remains of […]

The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin: Vol I

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist who achieved lasting fame by producing considerable evidence that species originated through evolutionary change, at the same time proposing the scientific theory that natural selection is the mechanism by which such change occurs. This theory is now considered a cornerstone of biology, and has significantly affected other […]

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