In anticipation of the upcoming 2012 federal election, the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library looks back to the birth of the United States for our latest exhibition. Drawn from the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials, the items on display document the American Revolution from its causes in the 1760s to its aftermath in the Confederation and early Republic eras.
Ranging from legal and government documents to furious polemic to sermons and liturgies, these items reflect the political, social and religious context of the period in Britain and America. Patriots and Loyalists are both represented: documents from Samuel Seabury’s life illustrate his actions during the war and shed light on the difficult position of Anglican clergymen during the Revolution; works owned by James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Supreme Court Justice, are evidence of the political thought of the Founding Fathers.
You don’t have to be a revolutionary in order to be a Friend of the Library or to support us with your generosity! If you would like to support the Keller Library’s Special Collections, either through a gift of materials or financial support, please contact The Rev. Andrew Kadel, Library Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.