Troy: A Collar City History

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Arcadia Publishing, 2002 - History - 160 pages
The New World, and especially New York, meant unparalleled opportunity for people in the 1600s with visions of expansion, colonization, and profit. Buying land from the Mohican tribe, the Dutch took control of much of the modern Empire State in the early part of this country's development. Under the patroonship of Kilian van Rensselaer, many pioneer farmers settled in the fertile land along the Hudson River. With each passing year, the number of Upstate settlers increased, and two villages emerged: Lansingburgh and Vanderheyden, soon to become Troy.

Troy: A Collar City History chronicles the transformation of the city from an untamed wilderness inhabited by the early Mohican tribe into a vibrant, modern industrial metropolis. Troy's story is truly a complex drama, supported by a host of entrepreneurs, inventors, immigrant workers, labor leaders, scientists, athletes, and artists, against a changing backdrop of war, depression, industrial revolution, and prosperity. The city's most significant characters come alive within these pages, such as "Uncle Sam" Wilson, an early-nineteenth-century meat packager who served as the model for this nation's patriotic icon; Amos Eaton, the "father of geology" and founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Emma Willard, a pioneer in the field of female education; and Kate Mullaney, a leader in local female unionization. This unique volume explores the old cobblestone streets, the historic downtown district, and the many factories producing iron, stoves, paper boats, bells, and of course, detachable shirt collars.


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Land Deals
Vanderheydens Village
Science and Education
The Rise of the Iron Industry
Troy Becomes the Collar City
Getting Around
Natural Disasters

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Author and historian Don Rittner has composed a thorough and highly readable history of Troy's development across three centuries. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations and many fascinating stories, Troy: A Collar City History remembers and celebrates the changing face of a city marked by industry, the arts, and a people pursuing their American dreams. Readers of all ages, both longtime natives and newcomers, will find this work an informative and entertaining portrait of Troy and its place in the greater American experience.

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