The Empire State: A History of New York

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Milton M. Klein
Cornell University Press, Nov 1, 2005 - History - 837 pages
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New York now has a new, comprehensive history book that chronicles the state through centuries of change. A richly illustrated volume, The Empire State begins in the early seventeenth century (when the region was still populated solely by Native Americans) and concludes in the mid-1990s, by which time people from all over the world had made the state their home. Throughout the book, politics, economics, culture, and social history all are emphasized, as are the important contributions made by ethnic groups and women. The Empire State serves as a successor to A History of New York State, for many years the standard one-volume account of the region but today outdated and long out of print. Now students, scholars, and history enthusiasts will find thorough and fascinating coverage in The Empire State. The authorsódistinguished authorities on New York Stateódraw on current research and perspectives as they address such topics as * the Dutch colonization of the region, * the English province, * the Revolution, * antebellum society, * the abolition of slavery and the Civil War, * the New York City media, * New York's vibrant political culture, * labor and leisure * women's suffrage * immigration and migration, * the World Wars, and * the state's economic development. Readers from the Big Apple to Buffalo and beyond will find The Empire State, which provides equal coverage to "upstate" and "downstate" events and people, satisfying and informative reading.

  

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Contents

Chapter
3
The Dutch Stake Their Claim
12
Establishing a Colony
30
Peter Stuyvesant and the New Immigrants
45
Life in New Netherland
61
New Netherlands Last Years
87
The English Province 16641776
111
From Proprietary Colony to Royal Province
113
New York at the Crossroads of Culture
346
The Emergence of the Second
369
Politics and Policy
383
Slavery Nativism and the Rise of
397
The Gilded Age 18601914
417
Making Sense of Mass Society
452
Progress and Politics
479
The Triumph of Liberalism 19141945
517

Advancing English Culture
130
A Mixed and Enterprising People
145
The Sacred and the Secular
165
Provincial and Imperial Politics
182
The Coming of the Revolution
202
From Revolution to Statehood 17761825
227
Never a More Total Revolution
229
The Rights of Mankind
241
A New Empire
257
A Large and Valuable Canal
269
Antebellum Society and Politics 18251860
305
Society Religion and Reform
323
The Empire State in a Changing World 19452000
623
Before the English 16091664
737
The English Province 16641776
745
From Revolution to Statehood 17761825
764
Antebellum Society and Politics 18251860
772
The Gilded Age 18601914
785
The Triumph of Liberalism 19141945
795
The Empire State in a Changing World 19452000
806
Contributors
817
Index
819
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