Reflections on Liberty and the American Revolution, from the Collection of Sid Lapidus

Thu, Jan 7, 2010, 4:30 pm
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Program in American Studies
Princeton University Library

Pamphlet by John Cartwright, 1776, with text "Take Your Choice!"

John Cartwright. Take Your Choice! Representation and Respect: Imposition and Contempt. Annual Parliaments and Liberty: Long Parliaments and Slavery. London, 1776.

The exhibition “Liberty and the American Revolution” celebrates 50 years of book collecting by Sid Lapidus ’59, as well as the 50th reunion of his class. The exhibition features 157 important books, pamphlets, and prints exemplary of the major themes of Lapidus’s collecting: the intellectual origins of the American Revolution, the Revolution itself, the early years of the Republic, the spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world, and the concomitant effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States. These items, presented as gifts to the Library on the occasion of the exhibition, were selected from more than 2,500 books in the Lapidus collection because each offers a distinctive voice in telling the story of expanding liberty. The books range in date from the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th. Their authors vary widely: young and old, male and female, black and white, learned and self-taught. Yet, through them all, one can hear these voices returning to themes still very much with us today, such as the characteristics of a just society and respect for the equality of fellow human beings.

Reception to follow in the American Studies Library, McCosh 43.