1754: Il Disinganno

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Francesco Queirolo: Release from Deception [detail] (1754)

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1999: Under the Gowanus

Rackstraw Downes - Under the Gowanus with Sanitation Department Towers (1999)

Rackstraw Downes: Under the Gowanus with Sanitation Department Towers (1999)

Gowanus is a neighborhood in Brooklyn. “The Gowanus Expressway, which serves as the southern extension of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, also connects the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel approach, the Prospect Expressway (NY 27), the Belt Parkway and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Although guide signs and maps refer to this segment of I-278 as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, it is known locally as the Gowanus Expressway” (source). “The name Gowanus is thought to derive either from Gowane, a Canarsee tribe leader, or the Dutch word for bay, gouwee. Gowanus Bay was actually the first Dutch settlement in Brooklyn, established in 1636″ (source).

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1855: Solitude

Solitude - Louis Remy Mignot - 1855

Louis Remy Mignot: Solitude (1855)

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1962: You’ll Lose a Good Thing

Bruce Davidson - Chicago, 1962

Bruce Davidson: Chicago, 1962. I like to think this is playing on the jukebox.

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1904: Moonrise

Edward Steichen - Moonrise - Mamaroneck, New York (1904)

Edward Steichen: Moonrise – Mamaroneck, New York (1904)

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1831: A Loud Noise in the Heavens

Nat Turner's BibleNat Turner’s bible (source)

And on the 12th of May, 1828, I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.

Ques. Do you not find yourself mistaken now?

Ans. Was not Christ crucified?

The Confessions Of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va. as fully and voluntarily made to Thomas R. Gray in the prison where he was confined, and acknowledged by him to be such when read before the court of Southampton; with the certificate, under seal of the court convened at Jerusalem, Nov. 5, 1831, for his trial (1831)

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1831: Bristol Burns

W. J. Müller - Bristol Burns (1831)

W. J. Müller: Bristol Burns (1831)

Arising from the House of Lords’s rejection of a bill that would have increased representation in the House of Commons, the 1831 Bristol Riots were part of the long struggle for democracy in the UK. (Only 6,000 of the 104,000 population had the vote.)

Four men were hanged despite a petition of 10,000 signatures given to King William IV.

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