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'City Beautiful' Revisited: An Analysis of Nineteenth-Century Civic Improvement Efforts
by Bonj Szczygiel
Publisher: Journal of Urban History 2003
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Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow
Publisher: Penguin Books 2004
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Building on biographies by Richard Brookhiser and Willard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton provides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that... >
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The Alienist
by Caleb Carr
Publisher: Random House Trade 1994
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The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished... >
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American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
by Christine Stansell
Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company 2000
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From Publishers Weekly: They were novelists, artists' models, secretaries and chess whizzes; their ranks included Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Sanger and John Reed. A few were wealthy, many were poor, and they gathered in shabby saloons... >
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Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History Of Greenwich Village
by Luther S Harris
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2003
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Describing Washington Square, Henry James wrote that it was as if the wine of life had been poured for you, in advance, into some pleasant old punch bowl. Created in 1826 through the visionary efforts of philanthropist and New York City mayor Philip... >
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Banished Children of Eve, A Novel of Civil War New York
by Peter Quinn
Publisher: Viking 1994
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Set in New York City during the Civil War years, this first novel echoes with Stephen Foster songs and the disparate voices of its teeming throngs of citizens while focusing on the experience of Irish Catholic immigrants. Quinn offers a strong,... >
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A Battle For The Soul Of New York: Reverend Charles Parkhurst's Crusade Against Police Corruption, Vice, And Tammany Hall, 1892-1895
by Warren Sloat
Publisher: Cooper Square Press 2002
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This book is the first-ever history of the exploits of a forgotten American hero, the Rev. Charles H. Parkhurst (1842-1933), and of his crusade against the crooked New York City Police Department and the political organization behind it. In 1892... >
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Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730
by Joyce D. Goodfriend
Publisher: Princeton University Press 1995
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From its earliest days under English rule, New York City had an unusually diverse ethnic makeup, with substantial numbers of Dutch, English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Jewish immigrants, as well as a large African-American population. Joyce... >
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Beyond The Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, And The Crisis Of Gilded Age America
by Joshua Brown
Publisher: University of California Press 2002
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In this wonderfully illustrated book, Joshua Brown shows that the wood engravings in the illustrated newspapers of Gilded Age America were more than a quaint predecessor to our own sophisticated media. As he tells the history and traces the influence of... >
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Brooklyn, USA: Fourth Largest City in America
by Rita S. Miller, ed.
Publisher: Brooklyn College Press 1979
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This collection of essays is devoted to the historical and sociological study of Brooklyn- once an independent city, but now a borough of almost 2.5 million inhabitants within New York City. One essay gives a historical overview of 500 years of continual... >
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Building Gotham: Civic Culture And Public Policy In New York City, 1898-1938
by Keith D Revell
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press 2002
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In 1898, the New York state legislature created Greater New York, a metropolis of three-and-a-half million people, the second largest city in the world, and arguably the most diverse and complex urban environment in history. In this far-ranging study,... >
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Butchery on Bond Street
by Benjamin Feldman
Publisher: New York Wanderer Press 2007
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Butchery on Bond Street recounts a gruesome mid-19th century murder in New York City, as infamous in its day as the O. J. Simpson case has been in ours. The sordid tale of Emma Cunningham and Dr. Harvey Burdell and its socio-political importance amidst... >
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by Amanda Dargan, Steve Zeitlin
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1990
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A paean to play by a husband-and-wife team of folklorists, this hodgepodge of facts, quotes, scholarship and stories traces New York City frolics from the Triassic period (origin of the brownstone) through the introduction of elevators, electric street... >
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Civic Engagement: Social Science and Progressive-Era Reform in New York City
by John Louis Recchiuti
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2007
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John Recchiuti recounts the history of a vibrant network of young American scholars and social activists who helped transform a city and a nation. New York, in the late Gilded Age and Progressive Era, was the nation's financial capital, its principal hub... >
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Dvorak In America: In Search Of The New World
by Joseph Horowitz
Publisher: Cricket Books 2003
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Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony is one of the most popular classical works ever. In this spirited account of the story behind the composition, Joseph Horowitz brings to life the diverse musical and cultural influences that inspired the composer, who... >
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Edith Wharton's Old New York Society
by Maryann Zihala
Publisher: University Press of America 2002
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Divided into five thematic chapters that include "history and tradition," wealth and status," and "social awareness," this small volume is filled mainly with lengthy (some are entire chapters) excerpts from Wharton's oeuvre.
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Empire City: The Making And Meaning Of The New York City Landscape
by David M Scobey
Publisher: Temple University Press 2002
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New York's metamorphosis from compact part to modern metropolis occurred during the mid-nineteenth century. "Empire City tells the story of the dreams that inspired the changes in the landscape and the problems that eluded solution. Author David Scobey... >
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by Pete Hamill
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 2003
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Cormac O'Connor, who arrives in New York City from Ireland in 1741, has been given the gift of immortality--but only on the condition that he never leave the island of Manhattan. Through his eyes, this magical epic follows the city's transformation from... >
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Gatekeepers to the Franchise: Shaping Election Administration in New York
by Ron Hayduk
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press 2005
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The history of democracy in America is the history of the extension of voting privileges from white male property-owners to blacks, to women, and to citizens over eighteen years of age. Yet the number of United States citizens who actually vote is... >
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Harlem, Lost And Found: An Architectural And Social History, 1765-1915
by Michael Henry Adams, Paul Rocheleau
Publisher: Monacelli Press 2002
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Harlem, Lost and Found presents an architectural and social history of Harlem. The text starts in the early days--the establishment of the first European farms in the mid-1660s--and continues through the Harlem Renaissance, where artists, writers, and... >
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High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built The World's Greatest Skyline
by Jim Rasenberger
Publisher: HarperCollins 2004
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With the birth of the steel-frame skyscraper in the late nineteenth century came a new breed of man, as bold and untamed as any this country had ever known. These "cowboys of the skies," as one journalist called them, were the structural ironworkers who... >
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I Speak of the City: Poems of New York
by Stephen Wolf (editor)
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2007
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I Speak of the City is the most extensive collection of poems ever assembled about New York. Beginning with an early piece by Jacob Steendam (from when the city was called New Amsterdam) and continuing through poems written in the aftermath of 9/11, this... >
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Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
by Elizabeth Ewen
Publisher: Monthly Review Press 1985
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At the turn of the century, millions of European women set sail with their families with the United States. Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars tells the story of the Jewish and Italian women who came to inhabit New York's Lower East Side during this... >
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In The Shadow Of Slavery African Americans In New York City, 1626-1863
by Leslie M Harris
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2003
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In 1991 in lower Manhattan, a team of construction workers made an astonishing discovery. Just two blocks from City Hall, under twenty feet of asphalt, concrete, and rubble, lay the remains of an eighteenth-century "Negro Burial Ground." Closed in 1790... >
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It Happened On Washington Square
by Emily Kies Folpe
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2002
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The heart of New York City's Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park has been a vital public space for nearly two centuries. Lined by elegant townhouses, anchored by Stanford White's iconic Washington Arch, and used by students and professionals, dog... >
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Jewish New York: A Guide To The 350 Year-Old Community
by Ira Wolfman
Publisher: Universe Pub 2003
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A beautifully illustrated guide to Jewish life in the metropolis: Jewish New York celebrates Jewish life in New York City from the seventeenth century to the present through a selection of photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs, manuscripts, postcards,... >
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Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History Of Race And Citizenship, 1777-1877
by David Nathaniel Gellman, David Quigley
Publisher: New York University Press 2003
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"With so many document collections aimed at teaching scholars and students about slavery and race relations in the nineteenth-century South, it is refreshing and enlightening to read a collection that reminds us of the northern side of the... >
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Little Italy
by Emelise Aleandri
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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Often separated from other immigrants because of their language, Italian immigrants to New York City in the 1880s formed communities apart from their new neighbors. They tended to think of themselves collectively as a small Italian colony, La Colonia,... >
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Manhattanville: Old Heart Of West Harlem
by Eric K Washington
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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During the 1800s, Manhattanville flourished as the West Side counterpart to its parent village of Harlem. The wide valley around present-day Broadway and 125th Street formed a unique gateway to the Hudson River between Morningside Heights and Washington... >
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A Maritime History of New York
by WPA Writers' Project
Publisher: Going Coastal, Inc. 2004
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Republication of a seminal work about New York City’s waterfront which begins with the formation of New York Harbor in the Ice Age and covers the history of the great seaport through when the book was first published in 1941. The Going Coastal edition... >
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New York's Bravest
by Mary Pope Osborne, Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher
Publisher: A.A. Knopf 2002
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In the 1840s, there was a real vounteer firefighter named Mose Humphreys whose bravery was reknown throughout New York City. Plays about him began being performed on Broadway in 1848 and over the years his strength and heroics took on larger-than-life... >
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New York's Fighting Sixty-Ninth: A Regimental History Of Service In The Civil War's Irish Brigade And The Great War's Rainbow Division
by John Mahon
Publisher: McFarland 2004
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Mahon is a retired veteran now living in Florida. His lifelong fascination with military history—particularly that of the Fighting 69th—began during childhood walks with his father in New York City's Calvary Cemetery, the site of many fallen... >
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Organizing Crime In Chinatown: Race And Racketeering In New York City, 1890-1910
by Jeffrey Scott McIllwain
Publisher: McFarland & Co., Publishers 2004
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Stressing that Chinese-American criminality must be understood in terms of the nature of the activity rather than in the nature of the group in question, McIllwain (criminal justice and criminology, San Diego State U.) reviews the involvement of Chinese... >
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Origins Of Women's Activism: New York And Boston, 1797-1840
by Anne M Boylan
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 2002
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Tracing the roots of women's voluntary activism in the decades following the Revolution, Boylan examines over 70 organizations founded in New York and Boston and led by women from across the spectrum: Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish; African American... >
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Physician Heal Thyself Medical Practitioners of Eighteenth-Century New York
by Marynita Anderson
Publisher: Peter Lang 2004
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This monograph presents a group portrait of 18th century New York City and Long Island medical practitioners that explores the differences and similarities in the education and medical practices of rational physicians and empirics. Particular attention... >
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Rats: Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
by Robert Sullivan
Publisher: Bloomsbury 2003
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Thoreau went to Walden Pond to live simply in the wild and contemplate his own place in the world by observing nature. Robert Sullivan went to a disused, garbage-filled little alley in lower Manhattan to contemplate the city and its lesser-known... >
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Sea Gate Rememberd: New York City's First Gated Community
by Arnold Rosen
Publisher: Xlibris February, 2004
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Sea Gate Remembered chronicles growing up in the 1930s and '40s in a Brooklyn seaside community. Arnold Rosen acquaints readers with the rich diverse history and lore of this famously picturesque locale. From Henry Hudson's exploration of the area's... >
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Second Founding: New York City, Reconstruction And The Making Of American Democracy
by David Quigley
Publisher: Hill and Wang 2004
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At the close of the Civil War, Americans found themselves drawn into a new conflict, one in which the basic shape of the nation's government had to be rethought and new rules for the democratic game had to be established. In this superb new study, David... >
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So Others Might Live: A History Of New York's Bravest ; The FDNY From 1700 To The Present
by Terry Golway
Publisher: BasicBooks 2002
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This history of New York's bravest (the FDNY) is "a useful and relentless reminder of the scourge of fire--a weapon of terror long before 2001--and the routine heroism of the city's firefighters" ("New York Times"). 80 photos.
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Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America
by Peter J. Wosh
Publisher: Cornell University Press 1994
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Examines the history of the American Bible Society, which was established in New York City in 1816, over the course of the nineteenth century. Focuses especially on the urban context of the institution, and the way in which this philanthropy grew from a... >
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Stand, Columbia: A History Of Columbia University In The City Of New York, 1754-2004
by Robert A McCaughey
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2003
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Marking Columbia Universitys 250th anniversary, this is the definitive history of one of Americas oldest and most redoubtable urban institutions in the countrys largest, most culturally diverse city. This comprehensive history of Columbia University... >
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State Of The Union: New York And The Civil War
by Harold Holzer
Publisher: Fordham University Press and New York State Archives Partnership Trust 2002
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This book pays long-needed attention to the neglected subject of New York's role in the Civil War with a series of compelling essays by top Civil War historians. Chapters focus on such diverse subjects as changing race and gender relations on the home... >
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Stories Of Freedom In Black New York
by Shane White
Publisher: Harvard University Press 2002
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Stories of Freedom in Black New York recreates the experience of black New Yorkers as they moved from slavery to freedom. In the early decades of the nineteenth century, New York City's black community strove to realize what freedom meant, to find a new... >
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Street Justice: A History Of Police Violence In New York City
by Marilynn S Johnson
Publisher: Beacon Press 2003
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In this study of police brutality in New York City, Marilynn Johnson explores the changing patterns of police use of force over the past 160 years, including streat beatings, organized violence against protestors, and the notorious third degree. She... >
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The Timeline History Of New York City
by David Playne
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2003
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New York City's fascinating history unfolds brilliantly in a book that includes 2,000 facts and dates on a timeline over fourteen feet long!
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