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Gotham : a history of New York City to 1898 / Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace.

In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have written an epic as vast and varied as the city it chronicles. Drawing on the work of hundreds of scholars who have reexamined New York's past, the authors weave together diverse histories - of sex and sewer systems, finance and architecture, immigration and politics, poetry and crime - into a single narrative tapestry that reads like a fast-paced novel. Readers will relive the tumultuous early years of New Amsterdam under the Dutch, the Indian wars and Peter Stuyvesant's autocratic regime, the English conquest, the rise of slave trading and slave revolts, the invasion and garrisoning of the city during the Revolution. They will watch New York blossom over the nineteenth century into the country's greatest port, leading manufacturing center, preeminent financial hub, corporate headquarters, and incubator of mass cultural innovations from vaudeville and baseball to Coney Island and the department store.
But the real heroes and heroines of Gotham are New Yorkers themselves, and the authors provide mini-biographies of hundreds of individuals, ranging from the world famous to the virtually unknown. The interplay among New York's fiercely heterogeneous citizens was often abrasive, and Gotham recounts the way clashes between immigrants and old-timers, rich and poor, blacks and whites flamed into fierce street battles like the Civil War draft riots. But New Yorkers also forged connections and coalitionscreating multi-national picket lines, interracial reform movements, and multi-ethnic political tickets. Their fusions and collisions generated tremendous kinetic energy, cultural inventiveness, and a vision of unity-in-diversity that would become a distinctive contribution to world civilization.

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  • ISBN: 0195140494
  • ISBN: 9780195140491
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 1,383 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 1263-1305) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note:
Lenape country and New Amsterdam to 1664 -- British New York (1664-1783) -- Mercantile Town (1783-1843) -- Industrial center and corporate command post (1880-1898) -- References -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Indexes.
Awards Note:
Pulitzer Prize, History, 1999.
Subject: New York (N.Y.) > History.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: History.

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