Colonizing Southampton: The Transformation of a Long Island Community, 1870-1900

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SUNY Press, Sep 1, 2011 - History - 386 pages
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A study of the times and life in Southampton, New York between 1870 and 1900.

This book concerns the emergence and impact of the summer colony in the village of Southampton, New York, between the years 1870 and 1900, particularly the often fraught relations between the area’s wealthy resort population and its year-round residents. Essentially a study in social change and conflict, the book revolves around a number of key issues that preoccupied inhabitants and summer residents alike and were the subject of great controversy at the time, including beach rights, oyster farming in Mecox Bay, and the loss of the Shinnecock Hills, first by the Native American inhabitants and then by the town itself to outside developers. Due consideration is given to those individuals who played major roles in these disputes. The book also explores salient and significant aspects of Southampton’s early history insofar as they relate to the period in question.

David Goddard is a retired Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York and is the author of The Maidstone Links. He currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 SOUTHAMPTON
13
2 THE BEACH THE LAKE THE CHURCH AND THE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
51
3 THE ASSOCIATION AND THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY
79
4 THE MECOX BAY AFFAIR
111
5 MECOX REDUX
143
6 EARLY HISTORY OF THE SHINNECOCK HILLS
175
7 PARTITION AND SALE OF THE HILLS
213
8 THE SUMMER COLONY CONSOLIDATED 18881900
255
9 THE BETTS CASE
289
EPILOGUE
311
Maps
319
NOTES
327
REFERENCES
355
INDEX
359
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David Goddard is a retired Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York and is the author ofThe Maidstone Links. He currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York. 

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