April 17, 2023
In February 2023, the New-York Historical Society launched A History Minute with David Rubenstein. This new 20-episode series of 60-second videos explores little-known aspects of American history, such as What is hidden at the foot of the Statue of Liberty? Who was the first woman to run for president? Why is the Pentagon a pentagon? Among the figures featured in the series are Frederick Douglass, Victoria Woodhull, Madame CJ Walker, Jim Thorpe, the Navajo Code Talkers, Billie Jean King, and George Washington.
Produced by Makematic, the video series can be viewed on nyhistory.org and YouTube. Each video dives into fascinating moments in history, exploring, for example, the Pride flag’s origins, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Zoot Suit Riots, and the Statue of Liberty’s connection to slavery. During Black History Month, the videos looked at Frederick Douglass and his use of photography, the Silent March of 1917 organized in response to racial violence and injustice, and entrepreneur Madame CJ Walker. In March for Women’s History Month, Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, and sports icon and activist Billie Jean King were featured.