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Author : Judy Harp Mallozzi and Dana Nimey Olney
ISBN : 9781467122672
Genre : History
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The fertile farmlands of the Mohawk Valley brought the first settlers to Whitestown, founded by Hugh White in 1784. Abundant water was available to service mills and to provide a means for shipping goods from the existing knitting mills, cheese factories, iron works, and lumberyards of Whitesboro, a village of Whitestown. Irish immigrants settled into Whitesboro after building the Erie Canal, while German immigrants brought their carpenter talents to build furniture, such as the famous Quigley rolltop desk. The Dutch sought out Wybo E. Wind, the Dutch baker who employed many in his bakery, and because of the large number of Welsh immigrants in Remsen, there was a big spillover into Whitesboro. Among the first things sought by those visiting the area is Whitesboro's diverse cuisine, boasting some of the best Italian, Greek, and Lebanese dishes, all brought by immigrants. Whiteboro's proximity to the Adirondacks allows residents to enjoy camps, summer homes, swimming, and winter activities. The rolling hills and beautiful scenery are part of the charm that still attracts people to the area today.
Category: History

Sundown Towns

Author : James W. Loewen
ISBN : 9781595586742
Genre : History
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“Don’t let the sun go down on you in this town.” We equate these words with the Jim Crow South but, in a sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, award-winning and bestselling author James W. Loewen demonstrates that strict racial exclusion was the norm in American towns and villages from sea to shining sea for much of the twentieth century. Weaving history, personal narrative, and hard-nosed analysis, Loewen shows that the sundown town was—and is—an American institution with a powerful and disturbing history of its own, told here for the first time. In Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, sundown towns were created in waves of violence in the early decades of the twentieth century, and then maintained well into the contemporary era. Sundown Towns redraws the map of race relations, extending the lines of racial oppression through the backyard of millions of Americans—and lobbing an intellectual hand grenade into the debates over race and racism today.
Category: History

America Now

Author : Robert Atwan
ISBN : 9781319021771
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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America Now makes it easy for you to get brief, accessible, and thought-provoking essays into your classroom, with trustworthy, reliable pedagogy and an expert reader's knowledge of what works in the classroom. As series editor for Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled focus on the best writing on today. Instructors tell us that their students want to respond to the essays in the book, and they praise the high-quality reading and writing instruction, critical thinking and reading questions, and model student essays that help them do so.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

New York Mills

Author : Eugene E. Dziedzic
ISBN : 9780738597584
Genre : Business & Economics
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New York Mills, named for the textile factories that were once the backbone of the surrounding village's economy, ranked among the foremost producers of quality fabrics in the country. Originally a wilderness area just south of the Mohawk River, the community began with a few scattered homes after the establishment of a small textile mill in 1808. Nourished by a growing economy, the village attracted a mosaic of Welsh and French-Canadian workers in the 19th century, followed by Poles, Syro-Lebanese, and Italians in the early 20th century. A hotbed of abolitionism in the antebellum years, it sent high percentages of its residents off to the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. In 1912 and 1916, its Polish residents founded a union and led textile strikes that were considered the most successful in the nation at that time. With the eventual closing of the mills in the 1950s, residents found employment in the surrounding area as the village evolved into a stable and prosperous suburban community.
Category: Business & Economics

Love And Promise

Author : David Abraham
ISBN : 1467835838
Genre : Fiction
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Love and Promise is a story played out against the backdrop of a rural Upstate New York community where the grandson of Lebanese and Italian immigrants endeavors to overcome prejudice. A farm boy struggles to be accepted for his accomplishments rather than his ethnicity and lineage. James Rahin, tired of living the life of a dirt-poor farmer, dreamt of the good life. He wanted a nice house, a new car, and clothes that were not hand-me-downs. He observed that the glaring differences between his poor friends and relatives, and those who had the things he craved to have, was wealth. People with money either own a successful business or they were educated professionals. In his junior year of high school Jim became obsessed with the idea of attending college. His goal was to attend college and law school. Jim's attitude about life and women hardens when his older brother married an attractive blond. Jim saw the responsibilities of marriage forever alter Joe's priorities. Attending college could no longer be one of his brother's goals. Jim vowed that he would never allow anything or anyone to deter him from his dream. In high school Jim met Laura, a winsome girl who introduced him to a woman's warmth and passion. She tried to possess him with her body, but her carnal pleasures were not enough to sway him from his self-promise. Connie broke Jim's heart and set him on a path of distrust. Women were only visitors to his affection. He took what was offered but avoided the pitfalls of love. Through personal loss, an enlistment in the Marines, and bigotry at home and away- Jim stayed true to his promise. Then he met Hope.
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Author : Raymond F. Ball
ISBN : 073855524X
Genre : History
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Marcy is not a town but rather a township made up of several hamlets, Stittville being the largest. These hamlets originated with groups of various religions and nationalities, such as Welch, Methodist, and Baptist. The one thing they all had in common was their desire to survive and prosper. The answer was in farming and all the hard work that had to be done every day. In the late 1850s, everything changed when the railroad came to town. Travel outside the farm fences became easy and enjoyable. Residents could catch the train and, in only 20 minutes, be in Utica, a whole different world, with stores and merchandise unlike anything on the farm. Today the farming has all but gone, and Marcy is largely a bedroom community with a mixture of small shops, electricity and water distribution systems, and higher education institutions.
Category: History

Legendary Locals Of Greater Utica

Author : James L. Davis
ISBN : 9781467100847
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Utica s neighborhoods are filled with people whose passion for family, food, faith, and civic engagement are exemplary of the true American experience. Lives devoted to politics, business, sports, and scholarship have found their start, and often times their purpose, in Greater Utica. The nation s politics have been shaped by the likes of abolitionist Gerrit Smith, Congressman Roscoe Conkling, Vice Pres. James Sherman, and political pollster John Zogby. Enterprises including American Express and the Associated Press received boosts from businessmen John Butterfield and Theodore Faxton. Dick Clark hit the Utica airwaves long before American Bandstand was a household favorite, Will Smith wore a Proctor uniform before becoming a New Orleans Saint, and Arthur B. Davies learned to paint Mohawk Valley landscapes before introducing America to modernist art. Those looking to reclaim Utica s birthright as an essential American landmark include chefs Dean and Jason Nole, publisher Donna Donovan, Olympian-turned-entrepreneur Robert Esche, and the brewers of Saranac Beer, the Matt family."
Category: Biography & Autobiography