The Empire State Building

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Barnes and Noble Books, 2003 - History - 128 pages
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It is the world's most famous skyscraper, a gleaming Art Deco tower of steel, concrete and marble that is the enduring symbol of New York. Conceived by Governor Alfred E. Smith, the project commenced on January 22, 1930, less than two months after the Black Tuesday stock market crash, as America entered the beginnings of the Great Depression. Along with the revealing text, a wealth of archival photographs taken before, during and after construction illustrate the mammoth undertaking. Every image pays tribute to the steelworkers, riveters, stone masons and the thousands of other unsung heroes whose fearlessness and skill enabled the tower to rise in little more than a year's time, and gave birth to a legendary icon of American vision and ingenuity.

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John S. Berman is a writer and research consultant specializing in the fields of New York City history, U.S. labor history, and the history of public education. He was a contributing writer for the American Jewish Desk Reference and the Dictionary of American History and served as a field researcher for the Brooklyn Historical Society's exhibition "In Pursuit of Freedom: African Americans and the Slave Abolition Movement in Brooklyn." He has also served as education policy adviser for the Brooklyn Borough President's office and the New York City Board of Education.

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