Colonial New York

A History

Author: Michael G. Kammen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195107799

Category: History

Page: 426

View: 3747

Today, New York stands as the capital of American culture, business, and cosmopolitanism. Its size, influence, and multicultural composition mark it as a corner-stone of our country. The rich and varied history of early New York would seem to present a fertile topic for investigation to those interested colonial America. Yet, there has never been a modern history of old New York--until this lively and detailed account by Michael Kammen. Gracefully written and comprehensive in scope, Colonial New York includes all of the political, social, economic, cultural, and religious aspects of New York's formative centuries. Social and ethnic diversity have always been characteristic of New York, and this was never so evident as in its early years. This period provides the contemporary reader with a backward glance at what the United States would become in the twentieth-century. Colonial New York stood as a precursor of American society and culture as a whole: a broad model of the American experience we witness today. Kammen's history is enlivened by a look at some of the larger-than-life personalities who had tremendous impact on the many social and political adjustments necessary to the colony's continued growth. Here we meet Peter Stuyvesant, director of New Netherland and an executive of the West India Company--a man facing the innumerable difficulties of governing a large, sprawling colony divided by Dutch, English, and Indian settlements. Ultimately, history would view him as a failure, but his strong, Calvinist approach left such an indelible stamp on the burgeoning colony that readers will be tempted to do a little revisionist thinking about his tenure. Looking at a later governor, Lord Cornbury, gives us the very opposite example of a man despised by his contemporaries as the most venal of all the colonial governors (he was an occasional public cross-dresser, wearing the clothes of his distant cousin, Queen Anne), but who forcefully guided the colony through a transition to Anglican rule. The book culminates in chapters that investigate New York's strategic role in the bloody French and Indian War, and the key part it played in the economic protests and political conflict that finally led to American independence. The intricate and tangled web of alliances, loyalties, and shifting political ground that underlies much of colonial New York's past has clearly daunted many historians from taking on the task of writing an understandable account. Michael Kammen has accepted this challenge and gives us much more than a mere chronicle. Rather, he paints a compelling portrait of colonial life as it truly was. Although this important book is thorough and informed by primary sources, Colonial New York's clear and vivid prose offers a delightful narrative that will entertain both general readers and serious scholars alike. It pays special attention to localities and contains numerous illustrations that are attentive to the decorative arts and the material culture of early New York. Surprising and enlightening, Colonial New York is a delight to read and provides new perspectives on our nation's beginnings.

A Primary Source History of the Colony of New York

Author: Paul Kupperberg

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781404204317

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 6638

Uses primary source documents to provide an in-depth look into the history of the colony of New York and includes a timeline, glossary, and primary source image list.

History of Washington Co., New York

With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers

Author: Crisfield Johnson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Washington County (N.Y.)

Page: 504

View: 7261


A History of New York City to 1898

Author: Edwin G. Burrows,Mike Wallace

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199741205

Category: History

Page: 1416

View: 9833

To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and the home of millions of people, who have come from every corner of the nation and the globe. In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. Readers will relive the tumultuous early years of New Amsterdam under the Dutch West India Company, Peter Stuyvesant's despotic regime, Indian wars, slave resistance and revolt, the Revolutionary War and the defeat of Washington's army on Brooklyn Heights, the destructive seven years of British occupation, New York as the nation's first capital, the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the Erie Canal and the coming of the railroads, the growth of the city as a port and financial center, the infamous draft riots of the Civil War, the great flood of immigrants, the rise of mass entertainment such as vaudeville and Coney Island, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the birth of the skyscraper. Here too is a cast of thousands--the rebel Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Clement Moore, who saved Greenwich Village from the city's street-grid plan; Herman Melville, who painted disillusioned portraits of city life; and Walt Whitman, who happily celebrated that same life. We meet the rebel Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Boss Tweed and his nemesis, cartoonist Thomas Nast; Emma Goldman and Nellie Bly; Jacob Riis and Horace Greeley; police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt; Colonel Waring and his "white angels" (who revolutionized the sanitation department); millionaires John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, August Belmont, and William Randolph Hearst; and hundreds more who left their mark on this great city. The events and people who crowd these pages guarantee that this is no mere local history. It is in fact a portrait of the heart and soul of America, and a book that will mesmerize everyone interested in the peaks and valleys of American life as found in the greatest city on earth. Gotham is a dazzling read, a fast-paced, brilliant narrative that carries the reader along as it threads hundreds of stories into one great blockbuster of a book.

Schuyler County, New York

History & Families

Author: N.A

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

ISBN: 1596520760

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 7360

Tugboats of New York

An Illustrated History

Author: George Matteson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814757383

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 6229

Complemented by 150 black-and-white period photographs and personal anecdotes of life on the New York waterways, a visual history traces the lore and use of tugboats in New York from their early nineteenth-century precursors to their heyday in the 1950s, detailing their various roles guiding large ships safely, conducting rescue operations, and navigating quantities of resources through traffic-clogged waters. Reprint.

Courts and Lawyers of New York

A History, 1609-1925

Author: Alden Chester,Edwin Melvin Williams

Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

ISBN: 158477424X

Category: History

Page: 1421

View: 327

Chester, Alden, in Collaboration with E. Melvin Williams. Courts and Lawyers of New York: A History, 1609-1925. New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925. 3 volumes. Reprint available September 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-424-X. Cloth. $295. * This massive history contains a great deal of information that is not available elsewhere. Contents: Part I-Dutch Period: The Bases of American Law, The Dutch Legal System, The Patrons and Their Courts, Burgher Government, Dutch Magistrates. Part II-English Period: The Conflicting Land Titles, The Duke of York's Laws, The Leisler Case. Part III-American Period: Constitutional History, The Courts of Last Resort, The Supreme Court, The Court of Chancery. Part IV: Judicial Distracts and Associations of the Bar, Law Libraries and Law Schools.

New York History!

Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Carole Marsh Books

ISBN: 0793361257

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

View: 4241

New York History Review Annual

Author: Diane Janowski,New York History Review


ISBN: 0983848742


Page: 216

View: 5777

Our Annual Issue! New York History Review magazine explores all aspects of New York State's rich and diverse local history. CALL FOR WRITERS who specialize in all facets of New York State local history. If you are interested in being part of our publication please visit our website -

New York History

Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association

Author: Alexander Clarence Flick

Publisher: N.A


Category: New York (State)

Page: N.A

View: 739

History of the City of New York in the Seventeenth Century

Author: Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602063540

Category: History

Page: 656

View: 4622

In Volume II of her ambitious 1909 history of New York City, Van Rensselaer picks up in 1664 during the reconstruction of New Netherland following its loss to England and goes on to chart the city's changing character as the Dutch and English vie for political and cultural influence. Growing by fits and starts, this city of only several thousand people is revealed in all its awkward infancy, from its early revolts and uprisings through its command by the militia in 1689-1691. This is a fascinating and detailed account, perfect for students, historians, and anyone with an interest in pre-Revolutionary New York. Devoted to the study of art and architecture, American author MARIANA GRISWOLD VAN RENSSELAER (1851-1934) was born in New York City and was an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. In a rare accomplishment for a woman at the time, she received a doctorate of literature from Columbia University in 1910. Her other books include English Cathedrals, Art Out of Doors, and One Man Who Was Content.

Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in New York History

Author: Kara Hughes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1461747554

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 8830

A delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of New York through their deeds and misdeeds.

A History of New York in 101 Objects

Author: Sam Roberts

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476728771

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 3853

A vibrant history of the Big Apple as depicted through the stories of dozens of iconic objects, written by a New York Times urban-affairs correspondent, includes profiles of subjects ranging from a Checker taxicab and the "I Love NY" logo to a bagel and an Automat vending machine. 50,000 first printing.

Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1891. Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops 1755-1764

Author: New-York Historical Society

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 9780806351827

Category: History

Page: 621

View: 3124

Rupp's history of Lancaster County documents the origins and development of this hotbed of Pennsylvania genealogy. It is divided into three parts. An introductory section covers the period from the earliest settlements in Pennsylvania to the first settlements within the present limits of Lancaster County; the second part continues the coverage until 1729, when the county was established; and the third part discusses the period from 1729 until the early 1800s. Also incorporated into the text are some brief biographical sketches of settlers who were intimately associated with the history of the county.

Hotchkin's History of Western New York

Author: N.A

Publisher: Between the Lakes Group LLC

ISBN: 0976634260

Category: New York (State), Western

Page: N.A

View: 3934

Hotchkin's "History of Western New York" is, first and foremost, a compendium of local histories of Western New York State -- meaning anything West of Utica, NY. If there was at any time in or before 1848 a Presbyterian or a Congregational church in a particular community in this geographical area, there is very likely to be material about both the community (and its people), as well as the church, in this 600+ page volume.